Stephens, Wozniacki win Luxembourg openers

by: AP October 15, 2013

AP Photo

LUXEMBOURG (AP)—Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki struggled to a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over local Mandy Minella to reach the second round of the Luxembourg Open on Tuesday.

Second-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States had an easier time, defeating 2009 champion and Swiss wild card Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-3.

Two seeds fell: No. 4 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium lost to Katarzyna Piter of Poland 6-4, 6-2, and No. 6 Mona Barthel of Germany lost to Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Third-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany started slowly against Croatia's Donna Vekic before she recovered to win 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

More Stories

Petra Kvitova overpowers fourth seed Simona Halep to reach Wuhan Open final

The Czech will face Dominika Cibulkova on Saturday for the title.

After winning maiden title in Metz, Lucas Pouille has sights set on Top 10

Currently ranked 16th, the 22-year-old plans to play Beijing and Shanghai next. 

WATCH: Rafael Nadal comes to rescue of distraught mother during exhibition

Nadal, famous for being a nice guy, probably would have stopped any match—exhibition or not—to lend the assist.