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Sorana Cirstea and Elina Svitolina advance to second round of Baku Cup

Sorana Cirstea and Elina Svitolina advance to second round of Baku Cup

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by Prakash

Tennis - Two of the favourites at this week's WTA Baku Cup won their first round matches on Tuesday to advance to the second round. Top seed and Romanian Sorana Cirstea defeated wildcard Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-3 shaking off her rust after playing only one match in the last two months due to a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, second seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina beat qualifier Nigina Abduraimova 6-3, 6-4 to continue her winning run at this event. The teenager won this title last year and is hoping to successfully defend her title.

Croatian teenager Donna Vekic also won her first round match today. There was one big upset on Tuesday as third seeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova was beaten 6-4, 7-6(7) by qualifier Misa Eguchi, who scored her first WTA level main draw win.

Fourth seed Kurumi Nara and seventh seed Heather Watson were among the early losers on Tuesday. (You can read the full report here). Tuesday Singles - First round results - [2] Elina Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 4
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d [Q] Danka Kovinic (MNE) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 4
[1] Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d [WC] Ons Jabeur (TUN) | 6 - 3 | 6 - 3
[Q] Vesna Dolonc (SRB) d [WC] Ksenia Gaydarzhi (RUS) | 6 - 0 | 6 - 2
[8] Jana Cepelova (SVK) d [WC] Nazrin Jafarova (AZE) | 6 - 1 | 6 - 0
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d [4] Kurumi Nara (JPN) | 6 - 2 | 6 - 2
Julia Glushko (ISR) d [Q] Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) | 6 - 2 | 2 - 6 | 7 - 5
Donna Vekic (CRO) d [Q] Olga Savchuk (UKR) | 7 - 6 (6) | 6 - 0
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d [7] Heather Watson (GBR) | 6 - 2 | 3 - 6 | 6 - 0
[Q] Misa Eguchi (JPN) d [3] Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) | 6 - 4 | 7 - 6 (7) Tuesday Doubles - First round results -
A Hesse / P Parmentier (FRA/FRA) d A Sasnovich / K Siniakova (BLR/CZE) | 6 - 2 | 2 - 6 | 12 - 10
[3] R Olaru / S Peer (ROU/ISR) d A Cadantu / K Piter (ROU/POL) | 3 - 6 | 6 - 3 | 10 - 4
K Bondarenko / N Melichar (UKR/USA) d [4] J Glushko / S Klemenschits (ISR/AUT) | 6 - 4 | 6 - 0 .

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