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Third-seeded Strycova advances in Swedish Open as Witthoeft and Maria head for exit


BASTAD, Sweden — Third-seeded beat of the United States 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Swedish Open.

It was Strycova's fifth appearance at Bastad and the Czech player next faces Russia's .

Two other seeded players, and , both made early exits.

Fifth-seeded Witthoeft started well but lost 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to , while Maria, seeded eighth, was beaten 6-4, 6-1 by .

Four days after winning her sixth Wimbledon title, top-ranked takes on of Belgium in the first round on Wednesday, while second-seeded of Australia faces of Spain in the second round.

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