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Defending champ Meusburger wins Bad Gastein opener
Defending champion Meusburger beats Smitkova in 3 sets in opening round of Gastein Ladies
Associated Press
2014-07-08 11:42 PM

BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) -- Defending champion Yvonne Meusburger edged Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (9), 4-6, 7-5 in the first round of the Gastein Ladies on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Austrian won four straight games from 5-3 down in the final set to close out the victory. The 99th-ranked Smitkova led 30-0 while serving for the match at 5-4 but failed to score another point in the game.

Also, No. 4 and 2009 champion Andrea Petkovic of Germany beat Jana Cepelova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (8), 7-5; No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine downed Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria 6-1, 6-4; and No. 7 Camila Giorgi of Italy defeated last year's finalist, Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-3.

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