Bartoli suffers first-round exit at Roland Garros

PARIS Wed May 28, 2008 2:23pm BST

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PARIS (Reuters) - French ninth seed Marion Bartoli was knocked out 6-7 6-3 6-2 by Australian Casey Dellacqua in the first round of the French Open on Wednesday.

Last year's Wimbledon finalist was 6-5 up when rain ended play on Tuesday but she could not find her pace on Wednesday, bowing out after two hours and two minutes.

Dellacqua will next face another Frenchwoman, Nathalie Dechy, for a place in the third round.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Pritha Sarkar)