Petkovic advances in Austria

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BAD GASTEIN, Austria -- Defending champion Andrea Petkovic of Germany was among the first-round winners Tuesday at the Gastein Ladies tennis tournament.

Petkovic, this year's top seed, cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic and will next face France's Alize Cornet, who won her first-round match on Monday.

Second-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland also advanced Tuesday with a 6-1, 6-2 pasting of German veteran Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

The next four seeded players were all eliminated Tuesday.

Austria's Yvonne Meusburger ousted third-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain, 6-4, 7-5, while Germany's Julia Goerges dumped Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. Russia's Anastasia Pivovarova sent fifth-seeded Sybille Bammer of Austria packing with a 7-6 (12-10), 6-3 decision and Sandra Zahlavova knocked off fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 7-5, 6-3. Sandra Zahlavova is the cousin of Zahlavova Strycova's husband.

Seventh-seeded Tathiana Garbin of Italy and eighth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia also moved on, as did Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic, Austrian wild card Patricia Mayr and qualifiers Lesya Tsurenko of the Ukraine and Ekaterina Dzehalevich of Belarus.


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