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Bartoli and Safina go through in Malaysia

Second seed Marion Bartoli is the highest ranking player in the Malaysian Open after Francesca Schiavone's defeat.
Second seed Marion Bartoli is the highest ranking player in the Malaysian Open after Francesca Schiavone's defeat.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Marion Bartoli and Dinara Safina reach the second round of the Malaysian Open
  • Second seeded Frenchwoman Bartoli crushes Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 6-0 6-1
  • Russian former world number one Safina ends a six-match losing streak
  • Safina claims 12 games in a row to defeat China's Han Xinyun 6-2 6-0

(CNN) -- Second seed Marion Bartoli and former world number one Dinara Safina are both through to the second round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.

Frenchwoman Bartoli, the highest ranking player in the tournament following the shock defeat of French Open champion and top seed Francesca Schiavone on Monday, crushed Maria Elena Camerin of Italy 6-0 6-1.

"I'm really happy with the way I played," Bartoli told the official WTA Tour website. "I am so confident right now, as I've already made two semifinals and one quarterfinal this year.

"Tennis is a lot about confidence, and on the court it is showing right now that I'm really in control and I'm not nervous, so I can really play freely and do what I need to do," she added.

I am so confident right now, as I've already made two semifinals and one quarterfinal this year
--Marion Bartoli
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Meanwhile, Russian Safina, who has slipped to 113th in the world after suffering from a back injury, took 12 games in a row to beat China's Han Xinyun 6-2 6-0.

The victory, Safina's first since September, ended a six-match losing streak for the 24-year-old, who will next face fifth-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova.

In other matches, third seed and defending champion Alisa Kleybanova of Russia eased past China's Lu Jing-Jing 6-1 6-1.

Meanwhile, the match of the day saw 35-year-old Anne Kremer edge past 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm 4-6 6-2 7-6 in a clash between the two oldest players in the draw.