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Bencic wins to open play at Volvo Car Open

Miami Open 2019 - Day 5

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - MARCH 22: Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates a point against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium March 22, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland opened play at the Volvo Car Open with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Australia’s Destanee Aiava on Monday at the WTA’s first clay-court event of the season.

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, the 10th seed, opened play at the Volvo Car Open with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Johanna Larsson of Sweden on Monday at the WTA’s first clay court tournament of the season.

Other seeded players winning were 10th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, 13th-seeded Sofia Kenin of the United State and 14th-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia. Kenin ousted 2009 tournament champion Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 6-4.

The tournament’s top seed, American Sloane Stephens, starts play on Tuesday.