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Monica Niculescu ousted in first round

HOBART, Australia -- Anna Chakvetadze of Russia beat third-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the Hobart International on Sunday.

Romanians won three of the other four matches at the Australian Open tuneup event.

Sorana Cirstea beat seventh-seeded Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan 6-2, 7-6 (6); Simona Halep defeated Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 7-5; and eighth-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu got past Britain's Elena Baltacha 6-2, 7-5.

Australian Anastasia Rodionova beat Greta Arn of Hungary 6-4, 7-5 in the only other match Sunday.