Bartoli withdraws in Guangzhou
Former Wimbledon finalist pulls out during first-round match
Last Updated: September 18, 2012 5:59pm
Marion Bartoli: Forced to withdraw from the Guangzhou International Women's Open
Top seed Marion Bartoli was forced to retire during the opening set of her first-round match at the Guangzhou International Women's Open.
The world number 10 was trailing 4-3 to qualifier Kai-Chen Chang before a gastrointestinal illness led to her withdrawal from the match.
Home hope Jie Zheng, the tournament's second seed, also benefited from a retirement in her opening-round match when opponent Yung-Jan Chan pulled out due to dizziness while trailing 5-3 in the first set.
Zheng will meet Britain's Laura Robson in the second round after the British player's victory over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor on Monday.
The third and fourth seeds also eased into the second round as Sorana Cirstea and Urszula Radwanska beat Yue-Yue Hu and Melinda Czink respectively.
However, there was an upset elsewhere with Mathilde Johansson of France beating sixth seed Monica Niculescu in straight sets.
Thai qualifier Nudnida Luangnam progressed with a 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-2 victory over Jarmila Gajdosova.
There were also wins for Su-Wei Hsieh, Alize Cornet, Olga Govortsova and the Chinese trio of Shuai Peng, Ying-Ying Duan and Saisai Zheng.