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Ekaterina Alexandrova defeats Stefanie Voegele in Luxembourg

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Fourth-seeded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova served six aces while outlasting Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open on Monday.

Seventh-seeded Russian Liudmilla Samsonova also recorded six aces while registering a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Japan’s Misaki Doi. Eighth-seeded Alize Cornet of France also advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Russia’s Anastasia Potapova.

In other matches, France’s Oceane Dodin rallied past Russia’s Anastasia Zakharova 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3; Denmark’s Clara Tauson registered a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Australia’s Astra Sharma; and Croatia’s Jana Fett notched a 6-3, 6-3 sweep of Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova.

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Ana Konjuh recorded six aces and rallied to post an 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Croatian countrymate Donna Vekic in the first round at Portoroz, Slovenia.

Kojuh overcame 10 double faults — including five in the first set and four in the second — to earn the victory. Vekic also had serving issues with nine double faults and just one ace.

In other matches, fourth-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea rolled to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Great Britain’s Heather Watson; American Bernarda Pera was a 6-4, 6-3 winner over France’s Fiona Ferro; and France’s Kristina Mladenovic beat Slovenia’s Nika Radisic 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

–Field Level Media

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