From left: tennis players Alize Cornet of France, Roberta Vinci of Italy, Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, Ana Konjuh of Croatia and Kristina Mladenovic of France, participants of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2017 tennis tournament, make a selfie photo tog
Dmitri Lovetsky
January 31, 2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Roberta Vinci started the defense of her St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy title with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Timea Babos on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Italian was broken five times but still advanced to face either German veteran Andrea Petkovic or Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania in the second round.

Also Tuesday, Kristina Mladenovic of France beat Belgian qualifier Elise Mertens 7-6 (5), 6-4 and will next face Australian Open finalist Venus Williams.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan also advanced, leading 6-1, 1-0 when Swedish opponent Johanna Larsson retired from the match. Putintseva will next face Annika Beck of Germany.

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