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April 1, 2019
Ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland was among the handful of seeded players winning to start the WTA’s first clay court tournament of the season in the Volvo Car Open. Bencic defeated Destanee Aiava of Australia 6-3, 6-0 in the opening round on Monday. Also winning were 10th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, 13th-seeded American Sofia Kenin and 14th-seeded Australian Ajla Tomljanovic. The tournament’s top seed, American Sloane Stephens, begins Tuesday.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland opened play at the Volvo Car Open with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Australia’s Destanee Aiava on Monday at the WTA’s first clay-court event of the season.

Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, the 10th seed, opened play at the Volvo Car Open with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Johanna Larsson of Sweden on Monday at the WTA’s first clay court tournament of the season.

Other seeded players winning were 10th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, 13th-seeded Sofia Kenin of the United State and 14th-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia. Kenin ousted 2009 tournament champion Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 6-4.

The tournament’s top seed, American Sloane Stephens, starts play on Tuesday.

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