Mladenovic posted first-round win in Paris

Jan. 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM   |   Comments

PARIS, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Kristina Mladenovic pulled off a first-round upset in Tuesday's action of the 21e Open GDF Suez tennis tournament in her hometown of Paris.

Mladenovic, a wild-card entrant, edged past seventh-seeded Julia Goerges 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) in a match that took 2 hours, 42 minutes. Goerges won one more point (117-116) and both players had four breaks in the very tight match.

Each player had a third-set break in getting to the tiebreaker where Mladenovic was able to prevail.

Fifth-seeded Roberta Vinci rolled over Simona Halep 6-0, 6-3 in 52 minutes. Vinci had seven aces and saved all four of the break points she faced. She won two-thirds of the points on serve and 62 percent of the points overall. Vinci dropped just eight points in the first-set shutout.

Also Tuesday in the first round, Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Monica Niculescu 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Alize Cornet outlasted Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 4-6, 6-0; and Stefanie Voegele topped Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-2.

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