Maleeva scored a first-round victory over
German Anca Barna.
Last year's Wimbledon finalist Argentine-Armenian
David Nalbandian has advanced through the first
round of the world's most famous tennis tournament.
Nalbandian, seeded No. 6 this year, advanced
with a straight-set victory (7-5, 6-4, 6-2) over
Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus.
Should Nalbandian repeat his success of last
year, he would face a new opponent in the finals,
as top-seed Lleyton Hewitt was among first-round
casualties, as the Australian fell to new comer
Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.
No. 2 seed Andre Agassi has also advanced, with
a 6-4, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Jamie Delgado
of Great Britain.
On the women's side, Magdalena Maleeva (who,
like Nalbandian and Agassi is of Armenian ancestry)
of Bulgaria scored a first-round victory (6-0,
6-1) over Anca Barna of Germany.
As of this report, Yerevan's Sargis Sargsyan
is awaiting his first match, as he will face Alex
Bogdanovic of the United Kingdom. And French-Armenian
Marie-Gayane Mikaelyan is to face Marissa Irvin
of the United States.