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Medina Garrigues advances at Charleston tournament

AFP, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues defeated qualifier Melanie Oudin 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on Monday at the WTA Tour’s Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina.

Medina Garrigues, who at No. 10 was the top seed competing on the first day, advanced to the second round of the clay-court event, where she faces Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova, who beat qualifier Melanie Czink 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan was beaten by Russia’s Vera Dushevina 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).

Clay-court specialist Medina Garrigues has won 10 WTA titles on the surface — more than any other active player.

Medina Garrigues finished with one ace, one double fault and won 62 percent of her first serve points in the 2 hour, 29 minute match.

Former US Open quarter-finalist Oudin had two double faults and won 54 percent of her second-serve points.

Unseeded Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak outlasted American 11th seed Christina McHale 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 in a 2 hour, 48 minute match.

Wozniak fired three aces and won 70 percent of her first-serve points.

In other matches on Monday, No. 14 seed Polona Hercog cruised past Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-4, 6-3, Argentine up-and-comer Paula Ormaechea surprised No. 15 seed Chanelle Scheepers 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, while No. 16 seed Jarmila Gajdosova lost to Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Former winner Serena Williams is set to face Elena Vesnina of Russia, who beat Canada’s Stephanie Dubois 7-6 (12/10), 7-5.

Additional reporting by Staff writer

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