May 8, 2010 / 9:57 PM / 8 years ago

Kuznetsova stunned by Peer in Madrid first round

MADRID (Reuters) - French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova went out in the first round of the Madrid Open when she was upset 6-3 2-6 6-0 by Shahar Peer Saturday.

The world number five, seeded fifth on the clay in the Spanish capital, dropped serve six times in the match and had no answer to the unseeded Israeli’s shotmaking in the deciding set.

Kuznetsova’s Russian compatriot Elena Dementieva, the world number six, had a much easier day’s work when she dispatched Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada 6-0 6-1.

Former world number ones Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova are in first-round action Sunday. Belgian Henin plays Aravane Rezai of France and Russian Sharapova takes on Czech Lucie Safarova.

Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Alison Wildey

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