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Ekaterina Alexandrova upset in first round at Linz

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Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine downed Russian No. 5 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Monday in the opening round of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz in Linz, Austria.

Tsurenko converted five of 10 break point opportunities. In the second-set tiebreaker, Alexandrova went ahead 2-0 before Tsurenko ripped off seven straight points to run away with the result.

In the longest match of the day, Romania’s Jaqueline Cristian rallied from a set down to beat Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. China’s Xinyu Wang also used three sets to win her match over Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Wang will face No. 1 seed Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in the next round. The top four seeds, including Raducanu, received a bye into the Round of 16.

Other winners Monday included Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine, Rebecca Peterson of Sweden, Alize Cornet of France and Belgium’s Greet Minnen and Alison Van Uytvanck.

–Field Level Media

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