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Schnyder out, Gagliardi through at German Open

The first round of the German Open women's tennis tournament in Berlin has brought mixed results for the Swiss players.

Sixteenth seed, Patty Schnyder (pictured), was defeated in straight sets, 6-3 6-4, by the unseeded Rita Kuti Kis of Hungary on Monday.

Emmanuelle Gagliardi had more luck, defeating Anna Smashnova of Israel. Gagliardi took the match in two sets, 7-6 6-4. However, she will be up against tougher competition in the second round, where she faces her compatriot, Martina Hingis.

Hingis appears to be back in top form, winning the Hamburg Open at the weekend and returning to the top spot in the world rankings on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Swiss men's number one player, Marc Rosset, has dismissed his coach, Pierre Simsolo. Rosset put an end to their partnership two weeks ago, during a tournament in Barcelona. The two men separated last July, only to come together again three months later. Since then Rosset has won tournaments in St Petersburg, Marseille and London.

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