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Cirstea, Lepchenko post early S.C. wins

April 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM   |   Comments

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 1 (UPI) -- Eleventh-seeded Sorana Cirstea posted a quick win and No. 12 Varvara Lepchenko also moved on Monday at the Family Circle Cup tennis event.

Romania's Cirstea reached the second round with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) decision over Tatjana Malek of Germany.

Lepchenko, meanwhile, needed three sets to put away fellow American Christina McHale 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 on the green clay at Daniel Island Tennis Center.

Thirteenth-seeded Austrian Tamira Paszek was trailing in her match against American qualifier Grace Min when she retired with an injury.

American wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands also registered a win Monday, outslugging Anastasia Rodionova of Australia 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3).

Qualifier Mallory Burdette of the United States prevailed over France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 1-6, 6-0, and Olga Govortsova of Belarus bested American Jamie Hampton 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 in other Family Circle matches.

Italian Camila Giorgi, Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, France's Mathilde Johansson, Swiss Stefanie Voegele and Canadian qualifier Eugenie Bouchard each posted a Day 1 victory as well.

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