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Vinci reaches next round

February 01, 2017

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TIMEA Babos of Hungary returns the ball to Italy’s Roberta Vinci during their match at the St Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy on Tuesday.—AP
TIMEA Babos of Hungary returns the ball to Italy’s Roberta Vinci during their match at the St Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy on Tuesday.—AP

ST PETERSBURG: Rob­erta Vinci started the defence of her St Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy title with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Timea Babos on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Italian was broken five times but still advanced to face either German veteran Andrea Petkovic or Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania in the second round.

Also Tuesday, Kristina Mladenovic of France beat Belgian qualifier Elise Mertens 7-6 (5), 6-4 and will next face Australian Open finalist Venus Williams.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan also advanced, leading 6-1, 1-0 when Swedish opponent Johanna Larsson retired from the match. Putintseva will next face Annika Beck of Germany.

Results (x denotes seeding):

First round: Ana Konjuh (CRO) bt Monica Niculescu (ROM) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2; Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Elise Mertens (BEL) 7-6, (7/5), 6-4; Andrea Petkovic (GER) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) 6-1, 7-5; Roberta Vinci (ITA x6) bt Timea Babos (HUN) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-0, 1-0 retired Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 6-4, 6-2.

Published in Dawn February 1st, 2017