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WTA - Americans Falconi and Spears win in Brussels

WTA - Americans Falconi and Spears win in Brussels

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by Prakash

21 year old American Irina Falconi lost in the qualifying round on Monday but made it into the main draw on Tuesday thanks to a withdrawal from the main draw. Making most of her lucky loser status, Falconi beat Zuzana Ondraskova 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the WTA event in Brussels.

Also winning was American Abigail Spears, who successfully qualified on Monday. Spears beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 6-1. Among the top seeds in Brussels, Francesca Schiavone and Jelena Jankovic were winners as they put final touches to their preparations for the French Open which gets underway on Sunday.

Meanwhile, 17 year old Belgain Alison Van Uytvanck upset Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder 63 26 62. Van Uytanck also qualified for the main draw and is currently ranked in the 400s on the WTA rankings. She is 22-1 in action this year, including a 15-0 run on the lowee-rung ITF circuit.

At the other WTA event in Strasbourg, Christina McHale could not make the most of her lucky loser status as she went down to Croatia's Mirjana Lucic 7-5, 7-6. American Ahsha Rolle also lost while top seeds Marion Bartoli and Andrea Petkovic won their matches.

BRUSSELS OPEN - Brussels, Belgium

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - Singles - First Round
(3) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 62 75
(4) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d.

Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 62 63
(6) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (Q) Kaia Kanepi (EST) 61 46 7
(7) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 26 64 62
(8) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (WC) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 60 16 63
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d.

Zheng Jie (CHN) 64 46 61
(Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 52 ret. (low back injury)
(Q) Abigail Spears (USA) d. Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 63 61
(Q) Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) d.

Patty Schnyder (SUI) 63 26 62
(LL) Irina Falconi (USA) d. Zuzana Ondraskova (CZE) 75 63 INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG
Strasbourg, France - Tuesday, May 17, 2011 Singles - First Round
(1) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d.

Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 62 61
(2) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (Q) Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) 63 61
(8) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (Q) Ahsha Rolle (USA) 63 64
Elena Baltacha (GBR) d.

Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 ret. (right hip injury)
Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (WC) Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 62 64
(Q) Mirjana Lucic (CRO) d. (LL) Christina McHale (USA) 75 76(7)
(Q) Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) d.

Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 64 61
(WC) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Sania Mirza (IND) 64 46 61

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