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Svitolina Beats Barthel In Linz

Elina Svitolina recorded her second-best WTA win in terms of ranking with a triumph over Mona Barthel in the first round of the Generali Ladies Linz.

Published October 07, 2013 12:01

Svitolina Beats Barthel In Linz
Francesca Schiavone

LINZ, Austria - Elina Svitolina's impressive season continued with a defeat of Mona Barthel in the first round of the Generali Ladies Linz on Monday.

Down 2-1 in the first set, Svitolina reeled off seven straight games to take the set and go up an early break in the second - eventually going on to a 62 75 victory over the 34th-ranked Barthel. It was the Ukrainian's second best win in terms of rankings, her best being a triumph over then-No.21 Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of the US Open in August.

Svitolina's breakout year has also included her first WTA semifinal at Bad Gastein in July and her first WTA title the very next week in Baku. The 19-year-old established her career-high ranking of No.39 last month and at No.44 now, finds herself as the WTA's third-highest ranked teen behind fellow Linz competitors Eugenie Bouchard and Laura Robson.

Also moving on were Francesca Schiavone and Stefanie Voegele. Schiavone was a 75 62 winner over Karolina Pliskova, while Voegele snapped a six-match WTA main draw losing streak with a 57 75 60 victory over Klara Zakopalova in which she won eight straight games from 75 55.

Moving into the main draw with wins in the final round of qualifying were Camila Giorgi, Kristyna Pliskova, Aleksandra Krunic and Katarzyna Piter. Despite losing her qualifying match, Maryna Zanevska made the main draw because of Petra Kvitova's withdrawal due to a low back injury.

No.1 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Alicja Rosolska and No.2 seeds Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic were among those winning their doubles openers. 

Tuesday's schedule is highlighted by 2008 and 2010 Linz champion Ana Ivanovic taking on 2009 Linz winner Yanina Wickmayer. Sloane Stephens, fresh off a rise to a career-high No.12 on the rankings, is also in action. And fifth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens takes on the Top 100's youngest player, 17-year-old Croat Donna Vekic.

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