WTA PRAGUE&RABAT- Kuznetsova, Safarova, Pliskova and Stosur move into the second round



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WTA PRAGUE&RABAT- Kuznetsova, Safarova, Pliskova and Stosur move into the second round

Tennis- Top 5 seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova, Lucie Safarova, Karolina Pliskova, Samantha Stosur and Barbora Strycova have moved into the second round of the J&T Banka Prague Open WTA Tournament in Czech Republic. Top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was playing her first match since losing in the final of Miami last month.

She faced 22-year-old Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich and got off to a great start as she took the first set 6-0. World No.99 resisted in the second set and won it 7-5 to level the match, but 2-time Grand Slam champion got her form back in the third set and won it 6-1 to reach second round where she will face Madison Brengle of USA. Second seed Lucie Safarova ended her 7 match losing streak as she won her first match of the year.

Safarova dropped the first set 6-3 against Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino and it looked like she will go four months without a win in 2016, but she came back strongly and won next two sets 6-3, 6-3 to reach second round.

She will face compatriot and last year's finalist Lucie Hredecka for a place in the Quarterfinals, as Hradecka defeated another compatriot Andrea Hlavackova in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Defending champion and third seed Karolina Pliskova needed just 54 minutes to ease past Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in straight sets 6-1 6-3. She will face another Czech wildcard Katerina Siniakova next.

2011 US Open champion and fourth seed Samantha Stosur needed 3 sets to outdo the Romanian qualifier Sorana Cirstea 3-6 6-4 6-2. She will take on Czech wildcard Marketa Vondrousova who won in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 against Oceane Dodin. Fifth seed Barbora Strycova also reached the second round with a comfortable 6-3, 7-5 win over Olga Govortsova and will meet Slovakian wildcard Jana Cepelova next.

Seventh Czech player to reach second round was lucky loser Barbora Krejcikova, who knocked out the seventh seed Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 to set up a clash with Monica Puig, who knocked out another Czech lucky loser Tereza Smitkova in straight sets 6-2 6-1. FIRST ROUND RESULTS (1) Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) DEF Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) 6-0 5-7 6-1
(4) Samantha Stosur (Australia) DEF Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 3-6 6-4 6-2
Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) DEF Tereza Smitkova (Czech Republic) 6-2 6-1
(5) Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) DEF Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6-3 7-5
Marketa Vondrousova (Czech Republic) DEF Oceane Dodin (France) 6-3 6-2
(2) Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) DEF Mariana Duque-Marino (Colombia) 3-6 6-3 6-3
Virginie Razzano (France) DEF Vania King (USA) 6-1 4-6 6-3
Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) DEF (7) Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 6-2 6-2
(3) Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) DEF Stefanie Voegele (Switzerland) 6-1 6-3
Camila Giorgi (France) DEF (8) Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) 4-6 6-1 6-2
Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) DEF Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-1 RABAT RESULTS ON NEXT PAGE Also Read: WTA RABAT & PRAGUE- Ekaterina Makarova and Timea Babos go through