MIAMI, Florida -- Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten started his farewell campaign by making an early exit from the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, beaten 6-1 7-5 by Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean.
Kuerten had not played an ATP match for 13 months before his appearance in Miami.
The 31-year-old three-time French Open winner is a wild card entrant, not having played an ATP match in 13 months, but he plans to end his distinguished career by competing in his favorite tournaments including Roland Garros, where he won in 1997, 2000 and 2001.
The opening matches did not involve the top seeds, who all received byes into the second round of the tournament.
German Benjamin Becker defeated Argentine qualifier Sergio Roitman 6-3 6-4 and will now meet second seed Rafael Nadal.
Belgium's Xavier Malisse beat Spain's Oscar Hernandez 6-1 6-1 to earn a clash with Argentine seventh seed David Nalbandian.
Meanwhile, women's world number one Justine Henin of Belgium will start against Angelique Kerber after the German defeated Uzbekhistan's Akgul Amanmuradova 7-5 6-1.
Taiwan's Chan Yung-Jan advanced to face Russian third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova by beating Romanian Ioana Raluca Olaru 6-1 2-6 6-1.
Poland's Marta Domachowska booked a date with sixth seed Venus Williams, the reigning Wimbledon champion, after beating American Jill Craybas 6-4 0-6 7-6. E-mail to a friend
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