McHale, Scheepers win at Carlsbad

July 18, 2012 at 2:26 AM

CARLSBAD, Calif., July 18 (UPI) -- American Christina McHale and Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa were among Tuesday's first-round winners at the Mercury Insurance Open.

McHale, the fifth seed, defeated Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6 (7-5), 7-5. Scheepers, the eighth seed, topped Coco Vandeweghe 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

American Vania King eliminated Kai-Chen Chang 6-1, 6-4 and Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan advanced when seventh-seeded Yanina Wickmayer retired trailing 7-6 (8-6) after one set.

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic, Hungarian Melinda Czink, Britain's Heather Watson and American Melanie Oudin also posted wins Tuesday.

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