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Vekic, Cadantu win Baku openers

9:18 AM, Jul 22, 2013   |    comments
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Baku, Azerbaijan (Sports Network) - Donna Vekic of Croatia and Romania's Alexandra Cadantu were among the winners Monday on the first day of play at the Baku Cup.

The second-seeded Vekic needed just 39 minutes to dispose of Azerbaijan wild card Nazrin Jafarova in a 6-1, 6-0 rout. Vekic, who just turned 17 years old last month, was a first-round loser at Wimbledon after a surprising run to the final at the Birmingham tune-up.

Cadantu rallied for a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 win over Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek. The fourth seed was a semifinalist earlier this month in Budapest and also reached the semis in Poland back in April.

Other winners on a light Monday schedule were Slovenia's Tadeja Majeric and Tunisian wild card Ons Jabeur. Majeric knocked off fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, 7-5, 6-4, while Jabeur thumped Russian Daria Gavrilova, 6-4, 6-0.

Top-seeded Bojana Jovanovski is the defending champion and will play her first-round match against Uzbekistan's Nigina Abduraimova. The Serbian beat American Julia Cohen in last year's final.

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