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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 February, 2004, 22:45 GMT
Golovin stars in Paris
Tatiana Golovin
Tatiana Golovin delighted the home crowd by reaching the second round of the Paris Open after Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi retired injured.

The 16-year-old French star saved two match points and led 1-6 7-5 3-1 when Smashnova-Pistolesi suffered cramp.

"To beat a player like her is a great reward, physically speaking," said Golovin. "It was a good physical match."

Golovin also beat the Israeli at last month's Australian Open.

Spain's Magui Serna recovered from a disastrous second set to beat Petra Mandula 6-3 1-6 6-2.

The Spaniard next meets either former champion Mary Pierce or Nathalie Dechy, who meet in an all-French first-round clash on Wednesday.

Russia's Dinara Safina advanced to the second round when Jelena Jankovic retired injured.

Safina was leading 6-4 2-0 when Jankovic decided she was unable to continue.

Top seed Kim Clijsters, who has a bye through to the second round, will make her tournament debut later this week.


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