Garcia begins Limoges defence with routine win

By Tom Webber 17 November 2016
Garcia begins Limoges defence with routine win

Top seed Caroline Garcia began her Engie Open de Limoges title defence by beating Rebecca Sramkova 6-2 7-5.

World number 24 Garcia won her two singles rubbers in France's Fed Cup final defeat to Czech Republic at the weekend and maintained that form to set up a second-round match against Lucie Hradecka, who defeated Isabella Shinikova 6-3 4-6 6-0.

Second seed Alize Cornet was taken to a third set but avoided a shock exit by downing 403rd-ranked Uzbek Akgul Amanmuradova 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3), while Garcia's Fed Cup team-mate Pauline Parmentier overcame Cindy Burger 6-0 6-2.

However, Oceane Dodin, seeded third, was unable to escape a surprise defeat as she lost 7-5 6-3 to Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the second round.

At the OEC Taipei WTA Challenger, Russian sixth seed Evgeniya Rodina advanced to the quarter-finals by coming from behind to eliminate Dalila Jakupovic 2-6 6-4 6-1.

Olga Govortsova's strong run continued as she defeated Julia Boserup 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 to set up a clash with wildcard Vitalia Diatchenko in the last eight.

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