Schiavone wins opener in Linz

10:53 AM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
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Linz, Austria ( - Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone was among Monday's opening-round winners at the Generali Ladies Linz tennis tournament.

The Italian veteran topped Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2 on the indoor hardcourts at TipsArena Linz.

Also on Day 1, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina bested German Mona Barthel 6-2, 7-5.

The top seeds in Linz are German Angelique Kerber, American Sloane Stephens and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. Ivanovic titled here in 2008 and 2010.

This week's winner will claim $43,700.

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