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Goerges Settles Score, Vinci & JJ Win Too

The Top 3 seeds all won their opening matches at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open.

Published October 16, 2012 12:00

Goerges Settles Score, Vinci & JJ Win Too
Julia Goerges

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Julia Goerges got some old fashioned revenge at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open on Tuesday afternoon, avenging a recent loss to Sílvia Soler-Espinosa by steamrolling her.

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A few weeks ago in Seoul, Goerges lost a first round heartbreaker to Soler-Espinosa, leading by a set and a break - and 5-2 in the ensuing second set tie-break - before getting outlasted by the tenacious Spaniard, 16 76(5) 62.

But there was nothing heartbreaking about the rematch in Luxembourg, as the No.2-seeded Goerges served up a storm, firing nine aces and losing just nine points in eight service games to cruise through in just 58 minutes, 62 61.

"I'm always happy to come back and finish the season here in Luxembourg," Goerges said after the match. "I just have good memories here - in the last two years I've reached a final and a semifinal - and it kind of feels like I'm back at home in Germany, with all of the television channels and people here.

"Usually at the end of the season we're pretty tired, but I always feel I have something left in the tank here. I'll try to go as far as possible this week."

Perhaps it was the after-effects of a double whammy from the day before, when she rose to No.1 in the world in doubles and qualified for the Qatar Airways Tournament Of Champions Sofia - but it was a bizarre day at the office for No.1 seed Roberta Vinci, who cruised in the first set, crashed in the second and cruised again in the third for a 60 26 60 victory over Olga Govortsova.

"After the first set I had a lot of chances in the first few games of the second set but she won them, then she started to play better and I went a little bit down," Vinci said. "But in the third set I focused again on being aggressive and just playing my game - a lot of slice, coming to net. That's how I love to play."

Like Goerges, Vinci also has good memories from Luxembourg - in fact she went all the way to the title at the International-level tournament in 2010.

No.3 seed Jelena Jankovic joined the Top 2 seeds in the next round, though it wasn't the way she wanted - after going up 3-0 in the first set against Peng Shuai, the Chinese had to retire from the match with a right shoulder injury.

"Even though I played only three games, I played pretty well, hitting my shots and concentrating very well, but unfortunately my opponent couldn't continue," Jankovic said. "It's never nice to win that way, but that's just the way it was."

The other two seeds in action had mixed results, with No.6 seed Sorana Cirstea cruising past Petra Martic, 62 62, but No.5 seed Sabine Lisicki falling to surging Belgian wildcard Kirsten Flipkens in three, 36 63 61.

Venus Williams, Lourdes Domínguez Lino and German qualifier Annika Beck also advanced - read more about Williams' first round win here.

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