Wozniacki wins Nottingham opener, 1st match in 10 weeks

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NOTTINGHAM, England —¬†Caroline Wozniacki’s first match in more than two months ended in victory as she beat Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Nottingham Open on Tuesday.

Wozniacki rolled her right ankle while practicing for the Fed Cup in early April and she missed the European clay-court swing. She’d last played in late March in Miami.

“It’s just great to be back,” she said. “You feel a bit rusty out there but at the same time it could have been a lot worse.”

It was worse for two other seeds: No. 5 Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium lost to Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 7-6 (7), and No. 7 Mona Barthel of Germany fell to Alison Riske of the United States 6-2, 6-1.

Hlavackova was a lucky loser from qualifying who was promoted late into the main draw. Three qualifiers also won their openers: Ashleigh Barty of Australia, Michelle Larcher De Brito of Portugal, and Tara Moore of Britain, who was making her main draw debut on tour.