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Easy win for Riske over Barthel in Linz opener

BNP Paribas Open - Day 6

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Alison Riske of the United States celebrates during a match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on October 09, 2021 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

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LINZ, Austria -- Alison Riske eased past Mona Barthel 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the second round of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz.

The 52nd-ranked American won all but two of Barthel’s service games as she improved to 3-0 in career meetings with the German.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus beat Fiona Ferro of France 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to set up a match against former top-ranked Simona Halep, who had a bye in the first round.

Also advancing were seventh-seeded Jasmine Paolini of Italy and Saisai Zheng of China.

U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu is the top-seeded player at the Austrian indoor event, where the final is scheduled for Friday evening.