Svitolina, Schiavone earn wins to reach second round in Linz

The Canadian Press

10/7/2013 11:38:36 AM

LINZ, Austria -- Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and Francesca Schiavone of Italy earned straight-set wins Monday to reach the second round of the Generali Ladies.

The 44th-ranked Svitolina defeated Mona Barthel 6-2, 7-5 after the German double-faulted eight times and dropped five service games.

Schiavone hit four aces in beating Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic 7-5, 6-2.

The top-seeded player in Linz is ninth-ranked Angelique Kerber of Germany, who was given a late wildcard entry to replace Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic after the former Wimbledon champion pulled out with a back injury.