Kerber, Suarez Navarro advance to 2nd round of Dubai Open

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Dubai, Feb 21 (IANS) German World No. 9 Angelique Kerber beat the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the second round of the Dubai Open here.

The German star’s next opponent will be Italy’s Sara Errani, who defeated Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-3, reports Efe.

In other action on Tuesday, Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro advanced to the second round with an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Russia’s Sofya Zhuk.

Suarez Navarro will play the Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova, the World No. 5 and third seed, next.

France’s Caroline Garcia defeated the Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-5 and will face Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova in the second round.

–IANS

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