Suarez Navarro, Petkovic advance in Paris


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Paris, France ( - Seventh seed Carla Suarez Navarro and former top-10 star Andrea Petkovic were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the GDF Suez Open in Paris.

The Spanish Suarez Navarro eased past Swedish qualifier Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-4, while the German Petkovic handled Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-3 on the indoor hardcourts at Stade Pierre de Coubertin.

Also on Day 2, Italian Karin Knapp whipped Spanish qualifier Lara Arruabarrena 6-4, 6-1; Frenchwoman Alize Cornet outlasted Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 5-7, 6-2; Slovakian veteran Daniela Hantuchova got past New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-3, 3-0, retired; and Austrian Yvonne Meusburger topped German qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam 7-5, 6-1.

This week's top seeds are former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova, her fellow former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, and former French Open finalist Sara Errani, who was last year's GDF Suez runner-up to German Mona Barthel. Kvitova titled here in 2011.

Sharapova will open her latest Parisian stay against Hantuchova on Wednesday, while Kvitova will take on Cornet and Errani will meet Knapp in the round of 16 on Thursday.

This week's champion will claim $132,000.

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