Top-seeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia got her title defense off to a strong start at the Engie Open de Limoges WTA 125K Series event, advancing to the second round in straight sets.
WTA Staff

LIMOGES, France - No.1-seeded Caroline Garcia got her title defense off to a strong start at the Engie Open de Limoges WTA 125K Series event, advancing to the second round in straight sets.

Things got a little complicated in the second set against Rebecca Sramkova, but Garcia was able to right the ship in the end, defeating the Slovak 6-2, 7-5 in just over an hour.

"I'm really happy to be here at Limoges, I have really good memories here," she said after the match.

"It's my last tournament of the year, so I hope to give it my all."

This past weekend Garcia put in a pair of heroic performances for France in the Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic, posting wins over Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova to keep her country in the hunt but fell heartbreakingly short in the deciding doubles rubber with partner Kristina Mladenovic.

"It was a really hard weekend emotionally and physically and it still feels disappointing," Garcia reflected. "But I'm just happy to be here and to start the tournament."

Garcia will face Lucie Hradecka in the second round after the Czech overcame Isabella Shinikova in a rollercoaster battle, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

No.4-seeded Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier also delighted the home crowd with a neat and tidy 6-0, 6-2 victory over Cindy Burger.

Also through to the second round are No.6 seed Donna Vekic, who defeated Elitsa Kostova 6-0, 6-2 and Tara Moore, who defeated Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-4.