Witthoeft needs three sets to advance in Tashkent

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) Second-seeded Carina Witthoeft was taken to three sets in her opening match of the Tashkent Open before advancing to the second round on Monday.

Witthoeft beat Kristyna Pliskova of Czech Republic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The German player will take on Donna Vekic or Kiki Bertens next in the Uzbekistan capital.

Margarita Gasparyan, the No. 6 seed from Russia, beat countrywoman Alexandra Panova 7-6 (2), 6-1, while Nao Hibino of Japan and Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany also advanced.

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