Knapp, Cetkovska advance in Bucharest

07/07/2014 2:30 PM

07/08/2014 1:15 PM

Bucharest, Romania ( - Seeded women Karin Knapp and Petra Cetkovska were among Tuesday's first-round winners at the inaugural Bucharest Open tennis tournament.

The fourth-seeded Italian Knapp rolled past Romanian Raluca Olaru 6-1, 6-3, while the seventh-seeded Czech Cetkovska leveled Romania's Alexandra Cadantu 6-3, 6-2 on the red clay at Arenele BNR.

Other first-round wins came for Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Bulgarian Elitsa Kostova, Montenegro's Danka Kovinic, and Serb Aleksandra Krunic.

On Wednesday, top-seeded Romanian star Simona Halep will open her week against France's Kristina Mladenovic. Halep was the French Open runner-up last month and reached a French Open semifinal last week.

The maiden Bucharest champion will pocket $43,000.

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