07/22 06:33 CDT Top seeds Cirstea, Svitolina win openers in Baku
Top seeds Cirstea, Svitolina win openers in Baku
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) --- Top seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania struggled past
wild card Ons Jabeur of Tunisia 6-3, 6-3 to open her account in the Baku Cup on
Cirstea previously had trouble with Jabeur in Doha last year. This time, they
shared 15 double faults and 11 service breaks before Cirstea prevailed.
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who won her maiden WTA title her last year and was
back as the No. 2 seed, defeated qualifier Nigina Abduraimova of Uzbekistan
However, three seeds lost: No. 3 Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia to qualifier
Misa Eguchi of Japan, No. 4 Kurumi Nara of Japan to Francesa Schiavone, who
landed less than half of her first serves, and No. 7 Heather Watson of Britain
to Kristina Mladenovic of France, who leads their head-to-heads 3-2.