Keothavong knocks out home hope

Tue, 18 Oct 21:28:00 2011

Britain's Anne Keothavong came through a stern test against a local hope to make the second round of WTA Luxembourg.

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Keothavong won the opening set against Luxembourg's world number 122 Mandy Minella, but Minella thrilled home fans as she rallied to take the second set and force a decider.

But it was the British number three who came through, breaking her opponent's serve three times in the final set to earn a 6-3 1-6 6-3 victory.

Lucie Hradecka made the most of her lucky break as she made the second round in Luxembourg.

Czech Republic player Hradecka had lost her final qualifying match against Keothavong, but made it into the main draw as a lucky loser courtesy of an injury to Sabine Lisicki.

And the world number 51 capitalised on her good fortune by knocking out eighth seed Daniela Hantuchova in her opening match in the main draw.

Slovak Hantuchova took the opening set on a tie-break, but lost the next two as Hradecka won 7-6(3) 7-5 6-1.

Home fans were stunned as they witnessed a shock defeat for second seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the Russian world number 15 crumbling in the second and third sets against Rebecca Marino of Canada to lose 1-6 6-3 6-3.

Qualifier Alexandra Cadantu of Romania made it into the second round as she beat Belarussian Anastasiya Yakimova 6-1 6-4, while Italy's Alberta Brianti beat Georgia's Anna Tatishvili 6-3 1-6 6-3.


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