Vesnina beats Svitolina in 1st round of Tianjin Open

TIANJIN, China (AP) Elena Vesnina advanced to the second round of the Tianjin Open by beating fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-2, 6-4 Monday.

Defending champion Alison Riske of United States also advanced, beating Xinyun Han of Chin 6-0, 6-4.

Also, fifth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France beat Fangzhou Liu of China 6-0, 6-1; sixth-seeded Teliana Pereira of Brazil defeated Nao Hibino of Japan 7-5, 6-2; and Evgeniya Rodina of Russia beat eighth-seeded Zheng Saisai of China 7-5, 6-3.

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