Francesca Schiavone nailed four aces as she defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2.
Francesca Schiavone nailed four aces as she defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2.
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LINZ, Austria (AP) Elina Svitolina and Francesca Schiavone earned straight-sets wins Monday to reach the second round of the Generali Ladies.

The 44th-ranked Svitolina defeated Mona Barthel 6-2, 7-5 after the German double-faulted eight times and dropped five service games.

Schiavone hit four aces in beating Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2.

The top-seeded player in Linz is ninth-ranked Angelique Kerber, who was given a late wildcard entry to replace Petra Kvitova after the former Wimbledon champion pulled out with a back injury.

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