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Stosur, Bartoli move on in Stuttgart

12:38 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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Stuttgart, Germany (Sports Network) - U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur and former Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli highlighted Tuesday's opening-round winners at the $740,000 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

The fifth-seeded 2010 Stuttgart runner-up Stosur leveled Chinese Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-2, while a seventh-seeded Bartoli blitzed Czech lefthander and qualifier Iveta Benesova 6-3, 6-2 on the indoor red clay at Porsche Arena.

Reigning Stuttgart titlist Julia Goerges pleased the home crowd with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. The German Goerges stunned a then-world No. 1 Wozniacki in last year's finale here.

Goerges will tangle with Stosur in her next outing.

Rising German Angelique Kerber clobbered Italian Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-3, while former French Open champ and 2011 Roland Garros runner-up Francesca Schiavone got past Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday. Schiavone will meet Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in the round of 16.

Kerber titled in Copenhagen two weeks ago by stunning former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

Other Day-1 wins came for Hungarian qualifier Greta Arn and French qualifier Alize Cornet, who blew past qualifier and fading former top-five star Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 6-3, 6-4. Cornet is rewarded with a second-round match against Russian star Maria Sharapova.

The top seeds at this star-studded event are world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, the former No. 1 Sharapova, and Kvitova. A sixth-seeded Wozniacki is also part of the field.

The 2012 Stuttgart champion will claim $37,000 and a new Porsche.

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