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Tennis – Radwanska progresses on home soil

Home favourite Agnieszka Radwanska sailed into the second round of the Katowice Open with a 6-3 6-2 win over Czech wildcard Kristyna Pliskova.

The top seed was rarely troubled – fending off the two break points Pliskova mustered – as she triumphed in 69 minutes.

“It’s always hard to play against a lefty big-server like Kristyna, who is very talented and never gives you too much rhythm,” Radwanska said. “I had to play very well today to win this match.
“It’s great to see such a strong field here in Katowice this week. There are so many top 20 players.
“It’s also good for my country to have a tournament like this, and it’s good for our young Polish players too – I hope some of them will have a breakthrough themselves this week.”
Roberta Vinci also progressed with a 6-3 6-3 win over qualifier Ksenia Pervak despite struggling with her first save – landing just 39 per cent in the match.
Elsewhere, eighth seed Tsvetana Pironkova battled back to beat Andrea Hlavackova 4-6 7-5 6-1 and fifth seed Klara Koukalova claimed a straight sets victory over Maga Linette.

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