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Top seeds Vinci, Pennetta log Mexico wins

Feb. 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

ACAPULCO, Mexico, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Roberta Vinci advanced and No. 2 seed Flavia Pennetta also scored a victory Tuesday in first-round action at the Mexican Open.

The two Italians each moved on with straight-set wins over Spanish opponents on the red clay at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess.

Vinci defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), while Pennetta -- who won the Mexican Open in 2005 and 2008 and was runner-up four other times -- had little trouble in her 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Arantxa Parra Santonja.

Third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy also breezed into the second round with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of American Irina Falconi.

But the news wasn't as good for another seeded player as No. 5 Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania was upset by Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).

Sixth seed Johanna Larsson of Sweden got by Bulgarian qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, while defending Acapulco champion Gisela Dulko pulled out due to illness.

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