No. 8 seed Caroline Garcia of France snapped a four-match losing streak with a marathon first-round win over Tereza Martincova of the Czech Republic at the Zhengzhou Open in China on Monday.
Winless for nearly a month, Garcia advanced with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 victory in 2 hours, 36 minutes. Martincova fought off two match points and broke Garcia’s serve in the 10th game of the deciding set, but Garcia answered with a break and served out the match.
In other opening-round action, sixth-seeded Sofia Kenin defeated France’s Chloe Paquet 6-2, 7-5 and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva outlasted Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek 6-1, 5-7, 6-1.
No. 3 seed Magda Linette of Poland struck nine aces in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Mexican qualifier Giuliana Olmos in the first round in Nanchang, China.
Linette next faces China’s Liu Fangzhou, the WTA World No. 250 who edged Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in just over two hours.
Other top seeds advancing in straight sets included No. 5 Rebecca Peterson of Sweden, No. 6 Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland and No. 7 Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine. Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena was leading 4-1 in the third set when Romania’s Monica Niculescu retired with an injury.
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Second-seeded Veronika Kudermetova of Russia fell behind 3-0 in the first set before recovering for a 6-4, 6-2 win against Varvara Lepchenko in first-round play in Hiroshima, Japan.
Kudermetova’s serve was the difference in the second set, as she struck all three of her aces and won 83 percent of her first-service points.
No. 3 seed Alison Van Uytvanck defeated fellow Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure 6-4, 6-2. No. 6 Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Danka Kovinic of Montenegro. Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and Australia’s Priscilla Hon also won their opening-round matches.
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