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MONTREAL (AP) -- Nathalie Dechy beat Tzipi Obziler of Israel 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1 Monday in the first round of the Rogers Cup.
The Frenchwoman felt right at home in Quebec, having visited relatives in nearby Sherbrooke before the tournament.
"I want to enjoy it and do the best I can here also because I really feel almost like home," she said.
Earlier, players took advantage of the tournament's lack of top players. French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, and Maria Sharapova all withdrew before the start of play.
Flavia Pennetta of Italy beat Galia Voskoboeva of Russia 6-3, 6-1. Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia, seeded 14th, eliminated Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-5.
Also, 15th seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia defeated Jelena Kostanic of Croatia 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, and 17th-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain beat Laura Granville of the United States 7-5, 6-4.
In other first-round matches, Israel's Shahar Peer defeated Uzbekistan's Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-4, and Italian Mara Santangelo beat Austrian Sybille Bammer 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-2.