Marion Bartoli of France advanced to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open with a 6-1, 6-4 win Monday over local favorite Kimiko Date-Krumm, who had to deal with the distraction of a rowdy fan.
After dominating the first set, the ninth-seeded Bartoli faced a tougher challenge as Date-Krumm rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the second set.
''Playing her in Japan is a tough challenge,'' Bartoli said. ''I expected her to fight to the end. I knew she would make a comeback in the second set and she did but that forced me to stay focused.''
Date-Krumm, who turns 42 on Thursday, closed the gap to 5-4 but was undone by two unforced errors in the last game when she had to contend with a loud intoxicated supporter.
''I heard it and found out after the match there was a drunken fan,'' Date-Krumm said. ''Maybe he was cheering for me but it was distracting and broke my concentration on some big points. It's too bad something like tha...