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Knapp & Cetkovska Beat Bucharest Locals

Karin Knapp and Petra Cetkovska were triumphant over Bucharest natives Raluca Olaru and Alexandra Cadantu, respectively, in Bucharest Open first round action.

Published July 08, 2014 12:15

Knapp & Cetkovska Beat Bucharest Locals
Petra Cetkovska

BUCHAREST, Romania - A day after three seeds were upended at the inaugural Bucharest Open, fourth-seeded Karin Knapp and seventh-seeded Petra Cetkovska were victorious over Bucharest natives and residents on an upset-free day of first round play.

Knapp converted on five of six break points in her 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Raluca Olaru on Tuesday, snapping a four-match losing streak in the process.

Cetkovska immediately jumped out to a double break and went on to a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Alexandra Cadantu a month after she also won their previous encounter in straight sets in Birmingham.

"I am very happy because it's my first match here, and I was able to beat Alexandra at home," Cetkovska said. "I am enjoying playing in Bucharest."

Yet another Bucharest native and resident also went down, as Katarzyna Piter was a 6-0, 1-6, 7-6(6) victor over Andreea Mitu. In the one-hour and 16-minute third set, Piter had a 5-3 lead and twice served for the match only to be broken each time. But she came through in the tie-break and ended her six-match losing streak.

In another dramatic match involving unseeded players, down 5-4 in the third set against Alizé Lim, Bulgarian qualifier Elitsa Kostova held, broke and held again for a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 win - her first in a WTA main draw. It also improved her to 3-0 in her head-to-head with the Frenchwoman.

Others advancing included Aleksandra Krunic and Sílvia Soler-Espinosa.

Krunic's 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Alexandra Panova was her first at the WTA main draw level in two years. Soler-Espinosa's 6-2, 6-1 rout of Sesil Karatantcheva was her third straight win in their history.

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