Vinci Begins Katowice Defense

Roberta Vinci began the defense of her BNP Paribas Open title with a 63 63 win over Ksenia Pervak on Tuesday.

Published April 08, 2014 12:13

Vinci Begins Katowice Defense
Roberta Vinci

KATOWICE, Poland - Roberta Vinci made a confident start to the defense of her BNP Paribas Katowice Open title, easing past Ksenia Pervak in straight sets on Tuesday.

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Breaks at the start of each set sent No.3 seed Vinci on her way and after one hour and 16 minutes on court she wrapped up a 63 63 win. It was just the second win of the year for Vinci and sets up a meeting with fellow Italian Camila Giorgi.

"I'm happy to be back here," Vinci said. "It's a really nice tournament and I have great memories from last year.

"Today it wasn't an easy match. Pervak is a great player and I'm very happy that I won. I like the surface because it's fast. Of course I would like to be in the final but I am just going to take it match by match."

Joining Vinci in the second round were Tsvetana Pironkova, Alizé Cornet, Klara Koukalova and Francesca Schiavone.

No.8 seed Pironkova was made to work hardest for her place, having to come from a set and 5-3 down to defeat Andrea Hlavackova, 46 75 61. In the top half, Koukalova, Cornet and Schiavone progressed with more routine wins over Magda Linette, Vesna Dolonc and Vera Dushevina, respectively.

Koukalova made a flying start, winning the first four games, and despite being pegged back eventually proved too strong for World No.121 Linette, running out a 64 63 winner.

Cornet also came racing out of the blocks, capturing early breaks in both sets en route to a 63 62 victory. Schiavone, who like Vinci has struggled this year, was even more impressive, requiring just 57 minutes to complete a 60 62 win.

"It was difficult to adjust after Indian Wells and Miami, because the court here is very fast," Schiavone said. "But I'm happy because I served well, returned well and was overall solid. I am very pleased with my win."

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