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Stosur wins Cincy opener

1:28 PM, Aug 12, 2013   |    comments
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Mason, OH (Sports Network) - Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur posted a first-round victory Monday at the $2.369 million Western & Southern Open tennis event.

The 11th-seeded Aussie got past former top-five Russian star and fellow former U.S. Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 7-5, on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Stosur was a hardcourt titlist in Carlsbad, Calif., two weeks ago.

In action involving Americans on Day 1, Vania King topped France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 and Lauren Davis surprised Czech veteran Klara Zakopalova 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-1).

Also advancing was Romanian Simona Halep, who has won three WTA titles since mid June.

This week's top seed is last week's Toronto titlist, Serena Williams, who's also the reigning U.S. and French Open champ.

China's Li Na beat German Angelique Kerber in last year's Western & Southern finale.

This week's winner will earn $426,000. The tournament is part of the U.S. Open Series, or the North American hardcourt events that lead up to the U.S. Open, which will commence August 26.

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