Schnyder Beats German in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) _ In a match between players with the same coach, Patty Schnyder of Switzerland beat wild card Bianka Lamade of Germany 7-5, 7-5 Monday in the first round of the $1.2 million German Open.
Lamade, one of her country’s most promising players, was ranked No. 534 last year when she upset Sabine Appelmans, then No. 26, in the first round.
Schnyder, once ranked in the top 10, is attempting to revive her game after a long slump. She and the 18-year-old Lamade are coached by Hubert Choudury.
In other matches in the clay-court tuneup for the French Open, 15th-seeded Magui Serna of Spain beat Tatiana Panova of Russia 6-4, 6-2; Ai Sugiyama of Japan beat Rita Grande of Italy 6-3, 6-4; and Tathiana Garbin of Italy defeated Lilia Osterloh of the United States 6-3, 6-1.
The eight top-seeded players, including No. 1 Martina Hingis and No. 2 Venus Williams, have a bye into the second round. Williams is coming off a victory at the Betty Barclay Cup in Hamburg on Sunday.