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Vinci reaches 2nd round at Luxembourg Open
Martin Piller hits out of the rough on the 18th green for a bogey during the first round of the McGladrey Classic golf tournament at the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Ga., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
October 13, 2014, 11:22 am

LUXEMBOURG (AP) Sixth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy reached the second round at the Luxembourg Open with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic on Monday.

Struggling with her first serve, the 2010 champion was broken twice but converted six of 11 break points against her 84th-ranked opponent.

Vinci was joined in the next round by eighth-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania, who defeated Germany's Antonia Lottner 6-2, 6-2.

Top-seeded Andrea Petkovic is headlining the field at the $250,000 hard court tournament.

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