Roberta Vinci of Italy returns the ball to Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the Dubai Tennis Championships, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Kamran Jebreili
April 10, 2017

BIEL, Switzerland (AP) Former U.S. Open runner-up Roberta Vinci lost on the opening day of the first Biel Ladies Open on Monday.

The fourth-seeded Italian, now ranked No. 35, lost to 58th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.

Their first-round match opened the main draw on the 2,500-capacity show court at Swiss Arena as the indoor hard-court event debuted on the WTA Tour.

The other seeded player in action quickly followed Vinci on her way out. Eighth-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania lost to Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-2, 6-2.

Also Monday, Mona Barthel of Germany beat Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4.

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