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Zahlavova Strycova wins Quebec opener

Reigning champion Barbora Zahlavova Strycova posted a first-round victory Tuesday at the $220,000 Bell Challenge tennis event.

The sixth-seeded Czech Zahlavova Strycova got past Canada's own Marie-Eve Pelletier 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 on the indoor carpet at PEPS Laval University.

Zahlavova Strycova defeated New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in last year's Quebec City finale.

Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Croat Petra Martic topped American lucky-loser Jessica Pegula 6-4, 7-5.

Also reaching the second round were Slovenian Petra Rampre and Melanie Oudin, who snuck past fellow American Irina Falconi 7-5, 7-6 (8-6).

The top seed here is Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, who will play her opening-rounder on Wednesday against Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.

This week's champion will earn $37,000.