Wta Linz: Camila Giorgi and Vera Lapko move to the second round


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Wta Linz: Camila Giorgi and Vera Lapko move to the second round

No. 5 seed Camila Giorgi won 16 straight points from 1-3 to 5-3 in the first set and went on to beat 6-3 7-6 Pauline Parmentier, who suffered the second first-round defeat in two appearances in Linz after she lost 6-2 6-4 to Ana Ivanovic in 2014.

The Italian, who lost to Karolina Pliskova in the 2014 final, will meet qualifier Jil Teichman, who beat Sorana Cirstea 6-4 6-2. The Romanian, who clinched three straight-sets victories in Brasil in 2016 (Sao Paulo, Bertioga, Guaruja) fought hard but struggled to shift the momentum of the game.

Last year's quarterfinalist Tatiana Maria came back to beat Anna Blinkova 2-6 6-2 6-3. She will meet No.1 seed Julia Goerges who, as reported by the Italian journalist Giulio Gasparin, in Linz to cover the tournament, talked about the popularoity of tennis in Germany.

"They were all asking for a Grand Slam champion. Angie [Kerber] won three major titles and was world N.1, yet it was not like when Steffi [Graf] was doing it. Soccer is just too big". Johanna Larsson fought her way through to the second round as she claim a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win against Stefanie Voegele and extended to 3-1 her lead in their head to head.

This was their first clash since 2015 Tashkent, with the Swiss' only victory coming in 2008, on the carpet in Odense. In a very unusual match, Vera Lapko advanced to the second round with a 1-6 6-1 6-0 comeback win against Bencic.

The Swiss won 30 points out of 48 in a one-sided first set. However the 2017 quarter-finalist went on to win just other 20 points throughout the rest of the match as she sailed towards a second-round meeting with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.