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Pliskova, Andreescu, Kasatkina make winning starts in Berlin

Bianca Andreescu

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 file photo, Bianca Andreescu of Canada hits a return shot against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the WTA Finals Tennis Tournament in Shenzhen, China’s Guangdong province. The Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament will not be played this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennis Canada announced that the event, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Montreal, is off the schedule, Saturday, April 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)


BERLIN - Karolina Pliskova started her grass-court season beating Kaia Kanepi 6-7 (5), 6-0, 6-0 in the first round of the Berlin Open on Monday, when Bianca Andreescu and Daria Kasatkina also won.

The fourth-seeded Pliskova, last year’s beaten Wimbledon finalist, rallied as Kanepi faded after their hard-fought first set.

Pliskova next faces Andreescu in the second round. The Canadian player defeated Katerina Siniakova 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

The sixth-seeded Kasatkina defeated Ukrainian player Anhelina Kalinina 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in 2 hours, 17 minutes. The Russian player has won 10 of her last 12 matches. She next plays compatriot Ekaterina Alexandrova or Belgium’s Maryna Zanevska.

Also, Australian qualifier Daria Saville fought back to defeat Swiss player Jil Teichmann 6-7 (2), 7-5, 6-2.