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Wozniacki rallies to down Radwanska

AP, COPENHAGEN

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns to Urszula Radwanska of Poland during their WTA first-round match in Farum, Denmark, on Tuesday.

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Two-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki overcame Urszula Radwanska of Poland 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the e-Boks Open.

The 21-year old Dane was down a break in the first set, before rallying to force the tiebreaker. She then broke three times in the second to clinch the victory in 2 hours, 5 minutes.

The sixth-ranked Wozniacki will next play Pauline Parmentier of France, who ousted Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 7-5, 6-1 on the hard courts at the Farum Arena.

Fourth-seeded Monica Nicu-lescu of Romania also advanced, beating Valeria Savinykh of Russia 6-2, 6-2, while No. 5 seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia ousted Anastasia Rodionova of Australia 6-3, 6-4.

Second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany also advanced, beating Stephanie Foretz Gacon of France 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. Alize Cornet of France had the easiest win of the day, routing Danish wild-card Malou Ejdesgaard 6-0, 6-0.

Seventh-seeded Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan had to retire from her match against Australia’s Johanna Konta when trailing 6-3, 1-0.

Sixth-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany ousted Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-4, while No. 8 seed Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden lost 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 to Austria’s Patricia Mayr-Achleitner.

In other first-round matches, Petra Martic of Croatia beat Germany’s Annika Beck 6-4, 6-4 and Anne Keothavong of Britain ousted Hungary’s Melinda Czink 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

BARCELONA OPEN

AP, BARCELONA, SPAIN

Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone was eliminated in the first round of the Barcelona Open on Tuesday, losing 6-4, 6-3 to qualifier Olga Govortsova of Belarus.

Both players struggled with their serve, combining for 17 double faults in the match, and Govortsova used an extra break in each set to beat the 2010 winner.

Second-seeded Julia Goerges and No. 3 seed Dominika Cibulkova easily avoided upsets.

Goerges’ earned a 6-4, 6-0 victory over French opponent Aravane Rezai, while Cibulkova defeated Iryna Bremond of France 6-0, 6-3 on the outdoor clay at the Vall d’Hebron Center.

Fifth-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy beat Lara Arruabarrena-Veci of Spain 6-0, 6-4 and she is scheduled to face Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine in the only other matchup involving a seeded player.

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