Svetlana Kuznetsova extended her run of poor results with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 loss to fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko in the second round of the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Monday.
Fifth-ranked Kuznetsova, a two-time runner-up at the Foro Italico, has not put together three consecutive wins since reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open in January.
Kirilenko, ranked No. 37, is 3-0 in her career against Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova claimed her second Grand Slam title when she won last year's French Open.
The Rome tournament is an important clay-court warmup for Roland Garros, which begins in three weeks.
BMW Open: Defending champion Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic moved into the second round at Munich with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Kevin Krawietz of Germany. Krawietz was playing his second tour-level tournament.
Two-time runner-up Mikhail Youzhny of Russia also advanced Monday, beating Jeremy Chardy of France 6-1, 6-4.
Estoril Open: Top-seeded Agnes Szavay of Hungary lost in the first round at Oeiras, Portugal, beaten by Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
On the men's side, seventh-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina was upset by Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Top-ranked Roger Federer has a bye into the second round of the clay-court French Open tuneup.
Serbia Open: Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and Russia's Igor Andreev were straight-set winners in the first round in Belgrade. Fifth-seeded Karlovic was given a tough match by Serbian wild card Dusan Lajovic but won 7-6 (4), 6-4. Andreev eased past Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic, 6-3, 6-2.
Shin succeeds Ochoa as No. 1
One day after Lorena Ochoa retired, there's a new No. 1 in women's golf.
Jiyai Shin of South Korea moved to the top of the world ranking Monday after winning on the Japan LPGA Tour. The victory gave her an average of 9.29 points. Ochoa was at 9.20.
Ai Miyazato of Japan, who won the LPGA event in Mexico, is No. 3.
Ochoa had been No. 1 for 158 weeks since overtaking Annika Sorenstam in April 2007.
Shin was the LPGA Tour rookie of the year last season when she topped the money list and narrowly won player of the year.
Caps OK for Iran's girls
Iran's girls' soccer team may compete in this summer's inaugural Youth Olympics as long as its players swap their traditional head scarves for a cap that covers their hair.
The compromise comes after soccer's governing body last month barred the team because of its insistence on wearing head scarves. FIFA banned hijab scarves - which protect the modesty of Islamic girls and women - in 2007 for safety reasons and to prevent political or religious statements on the field.
Italian cyclist is banned
Top Italian cyclist Franco Pellizotti was banned from the Giro d'Italia on Monday because his irregular blood levels suggested he resorted to doping.
Pellizotti, the best climber at last year's Tour de France, was expected to be a strong contender in the Giro, which starts Saturday in Amsterdam.
He failed the International Cycling Union's biological passport program and was one of three riders identified by cycling's governing body Monday as having suspicious blood profiles.
Elmore chosen CEO of iHoops
Former Maryland basketball player and current color commentator Len Elmore has been picked as the new CEO of iHoops
Elmore confirmed the decision to The Associated Press before Monday's official announcement.
He takes over an organization that was formed by the NBA and the NCAA to improve basketball activities for America's youth. Elmore had previously served on iHoops' board of directors and replaces Kevin Weiberg, who resigned in March to become chief operating officer of the Pac-10.
He will continue working for CBS and ESPN.
USOC opens new HQ
CEO Scott Blackmun took the scissors to cut the ribbon on the new U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters and joked, "Good thing we didn't have these halfway through the process."
The contentious negotiations behind them, USOC leaders got to celebrate Monday when they marked the opening of their new building, the cornerstone of a $53 million project that will keep the organization in Colorado Springs for 30 years.
Blackmun, mayor Lionel Rivera, chief operating officer Norm Bellingham and former USOC leader Bill Hybl, who is CEO of the El Pomar foundation that chipped in $3 million to close the deal, were each handed scissors to cut the ribbon.