Schiavone wins opener in Linz

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Updated: October 7, 2013

Linz, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) – Former French Open champion Francesca
Schiavone was among Monday’s opening-round winners at the Generali Ladies
Linz tennis tournament.

The Italian veteran topped Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2 on the indoor
hardcourts at TipsArena Linz.

Also on Day 1, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina bested German Mona Barthel 6-2, 7-5
and the Day 1 nightcap saw Swiss Stefanie Voegele overtake Czech veteran Klara
Zakopalova 5-7, 7-5, 6-0.

The top seeds in Linz are German Angelique Kerber, American Sloane Stephens
and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic. The Serbian Ivanovic titled here in 2008
and 2010. Stephens will face Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova, while Ivanovic will
encounter Belgian Yanina Wickmayer on Tuesday. Kerber will battle Romanian
Monica Niculescu on Wednesday.

This week’s winner will claim $43,700.