Maggie Maleeva, seeded seventh in the Linz event, had a first set win over Paola Suarez of Argentina. After a hard first set, Maleeva took the second set with 6-1. "The first match of a tournament is always difficult," Maleeva said. "We were both a bit nervous and I don't think we both played so well. I guess the difference was that I was better on the important points"
In the second round Maggie will face either Ai Sugiyama or Barbara Schett.
Lubomira Bacheva is doing very well in Luxemburg. In the first round of the tournament, she upset Francesca Schiavone, the eight seeded and No.35 in the world. The first set of the match went to a tie-break, Luba won it 7-6(7-4). In the second set she had no problems and won the match with 6-2 in the second set. Next Lubomira plays vs Kvieta Hrdlichkova. Bacheva plays the doubles as well. She is paired with Danailou of Greece.