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Stosur, Bartoli among Stuttgart winners

April 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

STUTTGART, Germany, April 24 (UPI) -- Seeded players Samantha Stosur, Marion Bartoli and Li Na scored opening-round victories Tuesday at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany.

Australia's Stosur, holding the No. 5 seed, rolled past China's Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-2, while seventh-seeded Bartoli of France breezed by Czech qualifier Iveta Benesova 6-3, 6-2.

Li, the 2011 French Open champion, eliminated the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in a 92-minutes effort on the indoor red clay court.

Defending champ Julia Goerges of Germany advanced to meet Stosur, rallying for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Other winners Tuesday included Andrea Petkovic, who returned from a three-month injury absence, German Angelique Kerber, Italian Francesca Schiavone, Hungarian qualifier Greta Arn and French qualifier Alize Cornet.

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