Barthel, Begu, Knapp advance at Gastein Ladies

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 15, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14: Karin Knapp of Italy plays a backhand during her first round match against Casey Dellacqua of Australia on day one of the Australian Open 2008 at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2008 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Top-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany needed only 35 minutes to advance to the second round of the Gastein Ladies, routing Chiara Scholl of the United States 6-0, 6-0 on Monday. Barthel lost only eight points on her serve and didn't face any break points. The 31th-ranked German took over the top seeding after defending champion Alize Cornet pulled out with a shoulder injury. Third-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania defeated Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-3, 6-3. Begu, who had seven aces but double-faulted 11 times, will next play either Hungarian Grand Prix finalist Yvonne Meusburger of Austria or Jasmina Tinjic of Bosnia. No. 8 Karin Knapp of Italy beat Valeria Solovyeva of Russia 6-3, 6-2, and Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands edged No. 7 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.
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