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Kanepi, Knapp win at Austrian tournament

July 24, 2007 at 3:59 PM

BAD GASTEIN, Austria, July 24 (UPI) -- Kaia Kanepi and Karin Knapp collected first-round victories Tuesday at the $175,000 Gastein Ladies clay-court tennis tournament in Austria.

The Kanepi and Knapp matches were the only ones completed as rain caused a series of postponements. Among the matches pushed back to Wednesday was a first-round pairing of Maria Elena Camerin and Maria Emilia Salerni, who were supposed to play Monday but had the match pushed back because of darkness.

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Kanepi, seeded fourth in the Gastein event, needed a third set to get past Ioana Raluca Olaru 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. Knapp, seeded fifth, was a straight-set 6-2, 6-3 winner over Eva Hoch.

The only other match started had Anna-Lena Groenefeld ahead of No. 3-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 when play was stopped.

Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone and eight-seeded Lourdes Dominguez Lino both their first-round matched postponed because of the rain.

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