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Schnyder starts well in Berlin

Swiss number two Patty Schnyder has followed up last week's quarter-final run in Hamburg with a winning start to the German Open tennis tournament in Berlin.

The woman from Basel overcame her German training partner Bianka Lamade in straight sets (7-5, 7-5) to set up a likely second round encounter with Austria’s Barbara Schett.

In Monday’s match against the promising Lamade, Schnyder had to fight hard after being broken at the start of the second set. But a four-game winning sequence saw the Swiss player improve on last year’s showing in Berlin, when Schnyder lost in straight sets to Hungary’s Rita Kuti Kis.

Switzerland’s world number one Martina Hingis has meanwhile been handed what looks like an easy assignment in the tournament’s second round. After receiving a bye in round one, Hingis will begin her campaign against Italy’s Tathiana Garbin.

The two players have met twice previously on the WTA tour, with Hingis winning both matches 6-1, 6-0.

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