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Seeds Hold In Hobart

Angelique Kerber, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci all won their openers in Tasmania on Sunday.

Published January 09, 2011 12:00

Seeds Hold In Hobart
Angelique Kerber

HOBART, Australia - The seeds were seamless at the $220,000 Moorilla Hobart International on Sunday, with all three in action advancing to the second round of the International event.

Former champion Anna Chakvetadze, who was victorious at the Domain Tennis Centre in 2007, fell to No.7 seed Sara Errani. Having pocketed the first set in a tie-break, Errani grew increasingly forceful to advance, 76(5) 63.

"It's hard this time of year because there aren't many matches and you are physically not perfect," said Errani. "It was a difficult match today, Anna played well and it was very windy so I'm happy to have won this first match."

Earlier, Errani's doubles partner Roberta Vinci, the No.4 seed, beat their Italian compatriot Romina Oprandi by almost exactly the same scoreline - the only difference being that she didn't drop a single point in the opening set tie-break.

Ayumi Morita beat Akgul Amanmuradova in a third-set tie-break, 36 61 76(3), while in the only other main draw singles match of the day, German lefty and No.8 seed Angelique Kerber held off Kimiko Date-Krumm in two tight sets, 75 76(3).

The final round of qualifying was also hotly contested at the Domain Tennis Centre, with Olga Govortsova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Tamira Paszek and Alberta Brianti all booking main draw berths.

A blockbuster Monday night session will see former world No.1 Dinara Safina meet top seed Marion Bartoli. Other first round matches on day two include No.2 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova against Hopman Cup champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and young Aussie Sally Peers versus Govortsova.

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