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Voegele finishes strong, advances

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LINZ, Austria (AP)

Stefanie Voegele won the last eight games to beat Klara Zakopalova 5-7, 7-5, 6-0 Monday and advance to the second round of the Generali Ladies.

Voegele failed to serve out the second set at 5-3 as Zakopalova leveled at 5-5, but the 58th-ranked Swiss player didn't concede a game afterward. Zakopalova lost her serve eight times and saved 19 more break points.

The result ended Voegele's seven-match winless streak on the WTA tour, which started in the second round at Stanford in July.

Earlier, Elina Svitolina and Francesca Schiavone earned straight-set wins to also reach the second round.

The 44th-ranked Svitolina defeated Mona Barthel 6-2, 7-5 after the German double-faulted eight times and dropped five service games.

Schiavone hit four aces in beating Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2.

The top-seeded player in Linz is ninth-ranked Angelique Kerber, who was given a late wild-card entry to replace Petra Kvitova after the former Wimbledon champion pulled out with a back injury.

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