Marion Bartoli, the 2011 champion, reached the second round of the grass-court Aegon International on Monday with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy's Flavia Pennetta.
Bartoli's win sets up a possible meeting with second-seeded Li Na in the Wimbledon warm-up.
Down a break in the first set, Bartoli responded by breaking Pennetta twice and serving out the set.
After an exchange of breaks to begin the second set, Bartoli swept five of the next six games.
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