Pliskova upsets Safarova at Porsche Grand Prix

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Karolina Pliskova fired 16 aces to upset eighth-seeded Czech compatriot Lucie Safarova 7-6 (4) 4-6, 7-5 at the WTA Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.

Safarova had 12 aces but also produced nine double-faults in the first-round match.

Sixth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy advanced in the indoor clay-court event by outlasting Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4.

Andrea Petkovic of Germany beat Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-2, 6-4 and wild card Julia Goerges of Germany breezed past Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 6-0. Monica Niculescu of Romania defeated another Frenchwoman, Caroline Garcia, 6-2, 6-2.

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