Two-time winner of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia Amelie Mauresmo went out in the first round today, losing 6-4, 6-7, 2-6 to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. With the notable exception of the French Open, the European clay court tour has historically been a good one for Mauresmo. The Frenchwoman also tends to do well in tiebreaks, but not today.
The left-handed Martinez Sanchez, ranked number 46 in the world, won her first singles title this year in Bogota.
Also going out in the first round were Li Na, recently back from knee surgery, who lost to Sybille Bammer--and Samantha Stosur, who lost to Yaroslava Shvedova.