Kuznetsova sinks at the start in Madrid

Updated: 09 May 2010 15:33 IST

Defending French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is seeming in grave danger of losing her grand slam title next month after suffering her second opening loss

Kuznetsova sinks at the start in Madrid

Madrid : Defending French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is seeming in grave danger of losing her grand slam title next month after suffering her second opening loss in as many weeks on clay.

The Russian fifth seed was humbled in the first round of the Madrid Masters by Israeli Shahar Peer 6-3, 2-6, 6-0.

The loss followed by five days a second-round knockout in Rome at the hands of Maria Kirilenko.

Kuznetsova has now won a single clay match against three defeats.

Russian sixth seed Elena Dementieva earned an opening victory at the Caja Magica, crushing Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 6-0, 6-1.

Austrian mother Sybille Bammer beat Kazak Yaroslava Shvedova in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 while Russian Vera Zvonareva added to the misery for American US Open quarter-finalist Melanie Oudin in a 6-3, 6-4 defeat.

Men will begin play in Madrid on Sunday, with Roger Federer leading the field and trying to bounce back after a semi-final loss Saturday to Alberto Montanes in Estoril, Portugal.

Rafael Nadal is seeded second with Serb Novak Djokovic a pullout victim due to allergies which are affecting his health.

"The allergy problems I've had since Monte Carlo mean that I cannot play this week. It's an allergy problem that doesn't have a simple solution and it means I am out for the time being," said Djokovic, who was forced to quit a match at his home Serbia Open this week in Belgrade.

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