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Kirilenko Opens Account In Luxembourg

Seventh seed Maria Kirilenko advanced in Luxembourg on Monday, while Anabel Medina Garrigues blitzed a local favorite.

Published October 17, 2011 07:11

Kirilenko Opens Account In Luxembourg
Maria Kirilenko

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Russia's Maria Kirilenko was Monday's sole seeded performer and winner at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, the final $220,000 International series event of the season.

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Having recovered an early break in the first set against Carla Suárez Navarro, Kirilenko built a 5-3 lead but needed a tie-break to close it out.

The Spaniard made the better start to the second set, though, and although the No.7 seed recovered one break, Suárez Navarro broke again for 4-2 and held on to level at one set all. However, the Russian stole the march in the decider and was ultimately handed an easy pass to the second round when Suárez Navarro retired due to a right ankle injury, the score at 76(5) 36 30.

Up next for 24th-ranked Kirilenko - who is on a high after back-to-back wins over Sam Stosur at both Tokyo and Beijing - is the Czech Republic's Iveta Benesova. She reeled in Pauline Parmentier of France, 36 63 62.

In other first round action at the CK Sportcenter Kockelscheuer, Tamira Paszek breezed past Ekaterina Makarova, 62 62, and Anabel Medina Garrigues handed a 46-minute double bagel to wildcard Anne Kremer - an unhappy way for the Luxembourg veteran, a former world No.18, to spend her 36th birthday.

Anne Keothavong, Alexandra Cadantu, Karin Knapp and Bibiane Schoofs all secured main draw berths with wins in the final round of qualifying on Monday.

Several of the indoor tournament's seeds play their first round matches on Tuesday, including Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Julia Goerges and Daniela Hantuchova. Eighth-seeded Hantuchova plays Lucie Hradecka, the recipient of a lucky loser spot following Sabine Lisicki's withdrawal from the tournament due to illness. The final encounter of the day features Keothavong against Luxembourg's Mandy Minella.

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