Bencic, Date-Krumm win at Birmingham - NBC Sports

Bencic, Date-Krumm win at Birmingham
Matt Every hits from a sand trap on the ninth fairway during the first round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
June 9, 2014, 11:36 am

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) The youngest and oldest women in the world's top 100 won their opening matches Monday at the Aegon Classic, a grass court warm-up event for Wimbledon.

Seventeen-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland defeated fellow teenager Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-4, 6-4, while Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm, more than a quarter of a century Bencic's senior at the age of 43, overcame Paula Ormaechea 6-3, 6-1.

Bencic, who has been coached by Martina Hingis' mother, Melanie Molitor, next plays defending champion Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, who received a first-round bye.

In other matches, 10th-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia was beaten by Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4, and 13th-seeded Carolina Garcia of France lost to American Victoria Duval 6-2, 6-4.

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