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Schiavone, Shaughnessy advance in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain -- Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone and
Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States won opening matches Monday
at the Barcelona KIA Open.

Schiavone, seeking her first title after three runner-up
finishes in 2006, advanced when fellow Italian Romina Oprandi
retired because on an injured right arm after losing the first set
6-2.

Shaughnessy, seeded sixth, beat Spanish wild card Nuria
Llagostera Vives 6-3, 6-4 to reach the second round of the
tournament, the finale of the women's clay-court season.

Third-seeded Emilie Loit of France beat Timea Bacsinszky of
Switzerland 7-5, 6-3. Tatjana Malek of Germany advanced when Iveta
Benesova of the Czech Republic quit because a back injury while
trailing Malek 5-2 in the first set.