Katowice, Poland (SportsNetwork.com) - Polish favorite Agnieszka Radwanska and reigning champion Roberta Vinci highlighted Tuesday's first-round winners at the WTA's BNP Paribas Katowice Open.
The top-seeded world No. 3 Radwanska cruised past Czech wild card Kristyna Pliskova 6-3, 6-2, while the second-seeded Vinci vaulted past Russian qualifier Ksenia Pervak 6-3, 6-3 on the indoor clay at Spodek.
Radwanska's second-round opponent will be former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.
Vinci upset former Wimbledon titlist Petra Kvitova in last year's inaugural Katowice finale. Her second-round opponent will be fellow Italian Camila Giorgi.
In other action involving seeds, No. 4 Frenchwoman Alize Cornet leveled Serb Vesna Dolonc 6-3, 6-2; No. 5 Czech Klara Koukalova topped Poland's Magda Linette 6-4, 6-3; No. 6 Austrian Yvonne Meusburger whipped Polish wild card Magdalena Frech 6-3, 6-1; and No. 8 Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova held off Czech Andrea Hlavackova 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Also advancing to the second round were Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Slovakian qualifier Kristina Kucova and the aforementioned Schiavone, who routed Russian qualifier Vera Dushevina, 6-0, 6-2.
The 2014 Katowice champion will collect $43,000.