Svitolina beats Barthel in Linz; Schiavone advances

by: AP October 07, 2013

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LINZ, Austria -- Elina Svitolina and Francesca Schiavone earned straight-sets wins Monday to reach the second round of the Generali Ladies.
 
The 44th-ranked Svitolina defeated Mona Barthel 6-2, 7-5 after the German double-faulted eight times and dropped five service games.
 
Schiavone hit four aces in beating Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2.
 
The top-seeded player in Linz is ninth-ranked Angelique Kerber, who was given a late wildcard entry to replace Petra Kvitova after the former Wimbledon champion pulled out with a back injury.

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