Top seed Svitolina advances to second round at Hong Kong Open

by: AP | October 09, 2018

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The top seed Elina Svitolina beat Australian wild card Priscilla Hon 6-2, 6-3. (Getty Images)

HONG KONG (AP) — Top-seeded Elina Svitolina kept alive her chances of reaching the WTA Finals in Singapore by beating Australian wild card Priscilla Hon 6-2, 6-3 at the Hong Kong Open on Tuesday.

Fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza gave herself a belated birthday present by defeated Spanish compatriot Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-3, 6-1.

The 13th-ranked Muguruza, who turned 25 on Monday, has struggled since reaching the French Open semifinals in June. Two weeks ago at Wuhan was the first time since the French Open that she played three matches at a tournament.

The seventh-seeded Daria Gavrilova, a Hong Kong finalist last year, got past Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Japanese qualifier Nao Habino defeated Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-3.

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