Goerges, Mattek-Sands advance in Linz

Published October 09, 2012

| Sports Network

Fifth-seeded Julia Goerges and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands were among Tuesday's opening-round winners at the $220,000 Generali Ladies Linz tennis event.

The German Goerges knocked out Slovakian veteran Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), while the qualifier Mattek-Sands ousted seventh-seeded Austrian crowd favorite Tamira Paszek 6-2, 6-4 on the indoor hardcourts at Tips Arena Linz. Hantuchova captured this event back in 2007.

Goerges will play Swiss Romina Oprandi in a second-rounder on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, American qualifier Mallory Burdette straight-setted Russian lucky- loser Ksenia Pervak 6-3, 6-4 and wild card and former top-10 German Andrea Petkovic bested Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

Additional first-round wins came for Oprandi, Croat Petra Martic, Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens, Romanians Simona Halep and lucky-loser Irina- Camelia Begu, and Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

On Wednesday, world No. 1 star Victoria Azarenka will face Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus and second-seeded former top-ranked Serb Ana Ivanovic will meet Romanian Monica Niculescu. Ivanovic was the Linz champion in 2008 and 2010.

The Australian Open titlist and U.S. Open runner-up Azarenka, of Belarus, is fresh off her title last week in Beijing.

The newest Linz titlist will earn $37,000.

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