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Kvitova notches Memphis first-round win

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Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reacts after losing a point in the second set of her match against Dinara Safina of Russia on day 6 at the US Open Tennis Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 4, 2009. UPI/John Angelillo | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/72f1ad617159f3a6c178d2bd4d784c7e/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reacts after losing a point in the second set of her match against Dinara Safina of Russia on day 6 at the US Open Tennis Championships at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 4, 2009. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

MEMPHIS, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova claimed a first-round win Sunday at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tenn.

Kvitova easily dispensed with France's Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-4, 6-0, in a match that took less than an hour on the indoor hardcourts, while King bested German Kathrin Woerle 6-3, 6-4 at The Racquet Club of Memphis.

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Also notching a win was No. 7 seed American Vania King, who breezed past German Kathrin Woerle 6-3, 6-4.

Sunday's only other first-round match saw American wild card Bethanie Mattek-Sands put on an impressive display in besting Briton Katie O'Brien 6-2, 6-1.

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