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Erakovic, Garcia among Day 1 winners in Quebec

1:51 AM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
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Quebec City, QC (Sports Network) - Seeded players Marina Erakovic and Caroline Garcia highlighted Monday's first-round victors as play commenced at the $235,000 Bell Challenge tournament.

Erakovic, seeded sixth in the field of 32, rallied to earn a hard-fought 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 decision over American Mallory Burdette at the Laval University campus. The New Zealand resident was the runner-up to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova at this event in 2011.

The eighth-seeded Garcia had an easier time in her opening match, disposing of Canadian wild card Aleksandra Wozniak by a 6-3, 6-4 count.

Garcia will next face American Christina McHale, who easily handled 2010 champion Tamira Paszek 6-2, 6-1.

Croat Alja Tomljanovic also advanced, topping Maria Sanchez in a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 verdict.

Kirsten Flipkins is the defending champion and top seed of this indoor hardcourt tournament and will take on Polona Hercog in Tuesday's first round.

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