Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seeds Caroline Wozniacki
and Sloane Stephens were winners Tuesday in the first round of the Luxembourg
The top-seeded Wozniacki battled past crowd favorite Mandy Minella of
Luxembourg with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) triumph, while the second-seeded Stephens had
an easier time against Swiss wild card Timea Bacsinszky, 6-3, 6-3.
Wozniacki, the 2008 Luxembourg runner-up, hasn't won a tournament in a year.
The former world No. 1 captured the last of her 20 career titles this week
last year in Moscow, a tournament that is being played simultaneously. Her
best finish this year was a loss to Maria Sharapova in the Indian Wells final
back in March.
Stephens is having a strong season despite not having won a tournament. The
20-year-old American reached the semifinals of the Australian Open after
surprising Serena Williams in the quarters, reached the quarterfinals at
Wimbledon and fell in the fourth round at both the French and U.S. Opens.
Next up for Stephens will be Austrian veteran Yvonne Meusburger, a 6-4, 6-2
winner over Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu.
Third-seeded Sabine Lisicki overcame a sluggish start to defeat Croatia's
Donna Vekic, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 and will take on the winner of Wednesday's first-
round match between Kristina Mladenovic of France and Czech Tereza Smitkova.
Polish qualifier Katarzyna Piter knocked off fourth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of
Belgium, 6-4, 6-2, and will next square off against another Belgian, Yanina
Wickmayer, in the second round. Wickmayer advanced Monday.
Also Tuesday, Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele pulled off a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
upset of sixth-seeded German Mona Barthel and will next meet the Czech
Republic's Karolina Pliskova, a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 winner over Spain's Lourdes
Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 victory over Slovakian
qualifier Kristina Kucova and Italy's Karin Knapp rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
triumph over qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva.
The 2013 Luxembourg champion will take home $44,000.
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