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Jovanovski & Peer Move On In Baku

Bojana Jovanovski, the 2012 Baku Cup champion and Shahar Peer, last year's runner-up, were triumphant in their openers on Monday.

Published July 21, 2014 12:13

Jovanovski & Peer Move On In Baku
Bojana Jovanovski

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Bojana Jovanovski and Shahar Peer, each of whom has had great success at the Baku Cup in the past, were victorious in their openers on Monday.

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The fifth-seeded Jovanovski, whose maiden WTA title came here in 2012, was a 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 winner over Patricia Mayr-Achleitner despite the Austrian converting on seven of eight break points and winning six more points than she lost.

Mayr-Achleitner served for the match up a set and a break at 5-4, and though she got within two points of victory, Jovanovski rallied to win the set. Mayr-Achleitner again got up a break in the third set at 3-2, and again Jovanovski rallied - reeling off four straight games to seal her triumph.

Peer's best WTA outing in the last three years was her runner-up showing here last year. And she looked prepped for another deep run in Baku with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of No.6 seed Yvonne Meusburger, whom she has yet to drop a set against in three meetings.

Others advancing included Stefanie Voegele and Urszula Radwanska.

Voegele recorded her third consecutive straight set win over Alexandra Cadantu, 6-1, 6-4. Radwanska was up a set on Alison Van Uytvanck when the Belgian had to retire with a stomach illness, handing Radwanska her first WTA main draw win of the year.

Reaching the main draw with qualifying wins were Danka Kovinic, Kateryna Bondarenko, Vesna Dolonc, Nigina Abduraimova, Olga Savchuk and Misa Eguchi.

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