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Elina Svitolina advances to 2nd round at Thailand Open

2020 Australian Open - Day 6

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine wipes her face during her Women’s Singles third round match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain on day six of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

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HUA HIN, Thailand -- Elina Svitolina advanced to the second round of the Thailand Open by beating Bibiane Schoos 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday.

The top-seeded player from Ukraine was making her first appearance in Thailand.

“I have to adjust a bit because I came from Europe, which is quite cold,” Svitolina said. “It’s quite warm here. But in the end I played a solid match.”

The 2018 WTA Finals champion will next face Australian qualifier Storm Sanders.

“I haven’t played against her before,” Svitolina said. “My coach will look it up on the internet to see how she plays. But I’ve seen her play before. She is left-handed. I have to be ready for a different spin. But in the end I have to focus on what I have to play on course.”

Fifth-seeded Magda Linette also reached the second round, defeating Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 6-2.

Also, fourth-seeded Saisai Zheng beat En-Shuo Liang 6-4, 6-3, eighth-seeded Nao Habino routed Peangtarn Plipuech 6-0, 6-1, and 19-year-old Leonie Kung of Switzerland eliminated seventh-seeded Lin Zhu 6-3, 6-1.