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Hantuchova, Petkovic take Luxembourg wins

Oct. 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

LUXEMBOURG, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Former world Top 10 players Daniela Hantuchova and Andrea Petkovic each notched first-round, comeback victories Wednesday at the Luxembourg Open.

Slovakia's Hantuchova dropped the first set against Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus before rebounding for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory. Germany's Petkovic rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza.

Petkovic, who has been out most of the 2012 season with knee and ankle injuries, will next meet third-seeded former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia. Hantuchova will take on Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.

Advancing to the quarterfinals were Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino, who dispatched Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-3, and Czech Lucie Hradecka, who posted a 6-1, 6-1 rout of German qualifier Annika Beck.

Also Wednesday, Briton Anne Keothavong and Russia's Ksenia Pervak each reached the second round with Day 3 wins.

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