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Defending champion Nadia Petrova was upset by Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-4 Tuesday in the first round of the Open Gaz de France.

"She went for a lot of winners, she didn't miss at all," Petrova said. "I was missing all the shots. I'm still not in the best physical shape. I feel a little bit too slow to get to the ball."

Amelie Mauresmo, a two-time winner, cruised past American qualifier Julie Ditty 6-1, 6-2.

The 18th-ranked Mauresmo will play Eleni Daniilidou, who pushed the Frenchwoman to three sets in Zurich last year.

MIRZA TO MISS EVENT: Indian star Sania Mirza plans to skip the Bangalore Open next month to avoid controversy in her home country. Mirza said she was advised by her management to skip the $600,000 tournament. "Every time I play in India there is a problem," Mirza said. She has drawn criticism in India for filming an ad near a place of worship. She faces a legal petition for contempt after a photo depicted her resting her feet on a table next to the national flag.


Former Yugoslav standout arrested

Former Yugoslav star Dragan Dzajic was arrested along with two other former Red Star Belgrade officials as part of a fraud investigation into the sale of a player to a Spanish team. Dzajic, Vladimir Cvetkovic and Milos Marinkovic were arrested and questioned by police over striker Goran Drulic's move from Red Star to Real Zaragoza in 2001, which led to them illegally receiving about $9-million, police said.

MLS: Midfielder Diego Gutierrez re-signed with the Chicago Fire for a last season. Gutierrez, 35, played with the Fire during its inaugural season in 1998. He says he'll retire after the 2008 season.


OLYMPICS:Birgit Fischer, a kayaker who won eight Olympic gold medals, will skip the Beijing Games because she hasn't trained enough. The 45-year-old German has competed at six Olympics, and has 27 world championship titles.

TRACK AND FIELD: British sprinter Dwain Chambers can run at the national indoor championships in Sheffield this weekend, despite attempts by the governing body to bar him because he hadn't been drug tested for a 12-month period. UK Athletics backed down after Chambers' lawyers threatened to apply for a court injunction.

Cycling: Stephen Alfred has been banned for life from USA Cycling-sanctioned events after refusing to take an out-of-competition doping control test.