Keothavong fights into Luxembourg draw

Mon, 17 Oct 18:02:00 2011

Britain's Anne Keothavong came through qualifying at WTA Luxembourg to set up a first-round tie against local hope Mandey Minella.

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Keothavong beat Czech world number 51 Lucie Hradecka 6-3 6-3 to earn a spot in the main draw, breaking her opponent three times and defending all the match points she gave up on her own serve.

Russia's Maria Kirilenko was spared a tense decider in her first round match when Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro had to retire injured.

Kirilenko had won the opening set in a tie break but lost the second before Suarez Navarro picked up the injury, and the Russian was leading 7-6(6) 3-6 3-0 when the match was handed to her.

Czech star Iveta Benesoca came from a set down to beat France's Pauline Parmentier 3-6 6-3 6-2, while Tamira Paszek of Austria eased past Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-2 6-2.


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