SYDNEY Jan 11 Switzerland's Patty Schnyder was
handed a code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour during
her 6-2 6-4 first round loss to Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova
at the Hobart International on Sunday.
Second seed Schnyder was given the violation after arguing
with the chair umpire when a line call went against her late in
the second set.
The unseeded Pironkova held her composure to claim one of
the biggest scalps of her career.
"To beat the number 14 is a big win, I've only had three or
four top 20 wins so this is a big win for me," Pironkova told
Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, seeded eighth, also crashed
out in the first round, losing 7-5 7-5 to Czech Iveta Benesova
while Ukraine's seventh seed Alona Bondarenko survived a scare
to beat Romania's Monica Niculescu 6-4 2-6 6-2.
(Reporting by Julian Linden. Editing by Nick Mulvenney)