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Hradecka Hangs On In Luxembourg Opener

Lucie Hradecka knocked off seventh-seeded Tamira Paszek in the first round of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open on Monday.

Published October 15, 2012 08:45

Hradecka Hangs On In Luxembourg Opener
Lucie Hradecka

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Lucie Hradecka was one of two players to eliminate seeds during first round action on Monday at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open.

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Hradecka was pushed especially hard in the second set of her 63 76(8) defeat of No.7 seed Tamira Paszek. The Czech trailed 5-3 and had two set points against her at 5-4 and then another in the tie-break, but rallied and punctuated the match with her 10th ace. The pair's only other meeting also came in Luxembourg, a qualifying match two years ago also won by Hradecka.

Also winning a tight two-setter was Magdalena Rybarikova, 76(2) 64, over eighth-seeded Carla Suárez Navarro. The Spaniard served for the first set at 5-4, but Rybarikova won eight of the next 10 games to seize control en route to victory. Rybarikova came into Luxembourg having lost four of five matches, including her opener just last week against of all players - Suárez Navarro.

The lone seeded winner was No.9 seed Mona Barthel, who from 5-5 in the first set reeled off eight straight games in her 75 60 triumph over Mandy Minella. Barthel is now 3-0 in their series.

Monica Niculescu came into this week having lost eight of nine matches. However, the Romanian showed off some of the form that saw her reach her only WTA final here last year with a 76(4) 61 win over Romina Oprandi.

Securing main draw berths with victories in the final round of qualifying were Garbiñe Muguruza, Tatjana Malek, Annika Beck and Vera Dushevina.

Among those in action Tuesday are Roberta Vinci, Julia Goerges, Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic. Vinci was the Luxembourg champion in 2010. Goerges is fresh off her second final of the year in Linz. Williams is playing her first match since the US Open against 15-year-old wildcard Belinda Bencic, who is making her WTA main draw debut after winning her last two ITF Women's Circuit events. Jankovic has a compelling match-up against Peng Shuai, as she is 6-3 against the Chinese, but has lost three straight.

"It's going to be a tough match," Jankovic said. "In Cincinnati this summer, I lost 7-6 in the third after having many match points against her. Every match is different. I have to try to play my game and learn from the mistakes I made last time. We'll see how it goes.

"It's the last tournament for most of us. I'd like to go far. I have been in two finals this year. I hope to win this one."

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