Wickmayer grinds out a win in Taipei

Former world number 12 Yanina Wickmayer was made to work hard before securing her place in the second round of the OEC Taipei Open on Tuesday.

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The second-seeded Belgian, now down at 59 in the rankings, was expected to coast past home favourite Chan Chin-wei but met with stiff resistance in their 83-minute encounter.

Wickmayer claimed the opening set on a tie-break before edging the second to secure a 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 win against qualifier Chan.

Two seeds exited on Tuesday with number five Kurumi Nara and number six Caroline Garcia losing their first-round clashes.

Nara went down 6-3 7-5 to Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam while Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova proved too strong for Garcia, winning 6-7 (3/7) 6-1 7-5.

There were also wins on day two for Olga Govortsova, Luksika Kumkhum, Petra Martic and Zheng Saisai.



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