DOWN AND OUT: Top seed Mary Pierce shows her dejection as she makes an early exit from the US$170,000 Madrid tournament. The American-born Frenchwoman fell to Italian qualifier Germana Natale 6-4, 6-4. Pierce was in good company heading for the exit after the second round, as seeds two and three - Amy Frazier of the United States and Japan's Ai Sugiyama - were also knocked out. Frazier was beaten by Spain's Virginia Ruano 6-2, 6-3, with Colombia's Fabiola Zuluaga, a semi-finalist in Rome last week, ending Sugiyama's interest 6-2, 6-4. Croat Iva Majoli defeated the number seven seed, Kristina Brandi 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1).