Ivanovic moves on in Luxembourg

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LUXEMBOURG -- Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic posted a first-round win, while second-seeded Aravane Rezai and third-seeded Yanina Wickmayer came up losers Wednesday at the $220,000 Luxembourg Open.

The fourth-seeded Ivanovic, fresh off her title last week in Linz, stayed hot with a 6-3, 6-0 drubbing of Swede Johanna Larsson on the indoor hardcourts at CK Sportcenter Kockelscheuer. The former French Open champion Ivanovic, of Serbia, captured this Luxembourg event in 2007.

Meanwhile, the French Rezai succumbed to Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-1 in a second-rounder and Wickmayer was shown the door by Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder, 6-4, 6-4, in an opening-round affair.

Defending Luxembourg titlist Timea Bacsinszky, seeded sixth this week, will not repeat as champion after falling to Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-5, 6-1 in the first round. The Swiss Bacsinszky defeated German Sabine Lisicki in last year's finale.

In two other second-round bouts, Czech Iveta Benesova doused seventh-seeded Aussie Jarmila Groth 6-4, 7-5 and eighth-seeded German Julia Goerges grounded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-1.

Seeded players were a dismal 2-4 on Day 3.

One other first-round match saw Slovenian Polona Hercog top Croatian qualifier Ivana Lisjak 6-2, 1-1, as Lisjak quit with a thigh injury.

On Thursday, top-seeded Elena Dementieva will take on Hercog, Ivanovic will meet Spaniard Arantxa Parra Santonja and fifth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova will be opposed by German Angelique Kerber in the round of 16. The Russian Dementieva titled here in 2008. The Slovakian Hantuchova lost to Ivanovic in the '07 Luxembourg finale.

The newest champion here will take home $37,000.


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