Kuala Lumpur: Former No. 1 Dinara Safina ended a six-match losing streak dating to September when she beat Han Xinyun of China 6-2, 6-0 to start the Malaysian Open on Tuesday.
Since her distinguished career was derailed a year ago by a back injury, Safina has struggled to recover. The Russian's ranking has fallen from 2nd to 113th. The win on Tuesday was only her 10th in the last 12 months. Both games Han won were breaks of serve.
Safina moved on to meet Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, ranked 35th. All of Safarova's latest losses have been to players in the top 45.