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Safarova, Wickmayer advance in Luxembourg Open

The Canadian Press

10/14/2013 1:52:31 PM

LUXEMBOURG - Fifth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic defeated Peng Shuai of China 7-5, 6-4 Monday to move into the second round of the Luxembourg Open.

Safarova converted her only break point in the first set and added two more breaks in the second to wrap up the win in 1 hour, 32 minutes.

In another first-round match, Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium beat Heather Watson of Britain 6-0, 5-7, 6-2, breaking her opponent seven times even though the Briton landed 81 per cent of her first serves compared to just 49 per cent for Wickmayer.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, No. 2 Sloane Stephens of the United States and third-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany all open their campaign on Tuesday.