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Bondarenko upsets Groenefeld in Qatar

Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany returns the ball to Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine, unseen, during a first round match of the WTA Qatar Total Open 2007 at the Khalifa Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Feb. 27, 2007. (AP Photo)

DOHA, Qatar --Kateryna Bondarenko beat seventh-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday.

Bondarenko took advantage of inconsistent play by Groenefeld. The German tied the match at one set each but had a string of unforced errors in the decider to become the first seed to exit the tournament.

Fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder defeated France's Aravane Rezai 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, while Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain also advanced after beating American Meghan Shaughnessy 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Alicia Molik of Australia, runner-up here in 2005, won her first-round match when Japan's Ai Sugiyama retired with a foot injury. Molik was leading 0-6, 6-2, 3-1 at the time.

The top four seeds in the tournament -- Justine Henin of Belgium, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Serbia's Jelena Jankovic -- play their second round matches on Wednesday.