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Two-time former Italian Open champion Jelena Jankovic made light work of Alison Riske on Monday as she progressed to the second round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
The Serb, who won the title here in 2007 and 2008, defeated the 26-year-old American 63 63 in one hour 22 minutes and will now face either No. 13 seed Kristina Mladenovic or Julia Goerges.
Joining Jankovic in the second round is Stuttgart champion Laura Siegemund, who maintained her impressive run of form on the clay when she defeated Naomi Osaka 62 64 to set up a second round encounter against No. 6 seed Simona Halep.
Siegemund looked impressive once again on the red dirt and using the drop shot to great effect. Her Japanese opponent, who was forced to miss the Madrid Open last week with an abdominal injury, was unable to find any consistency and failed to get a foothold on the match.
It was a good day for the Germans with Siegemund’s compatriots Jan-Lennard Struff, Mona Barthel and Florian Mayer all advancing to the next round after they defeated Bernard Tomic, Peng Shuai and qualifier Thiago Monteiro respectively.
Caroline Garcia came through a tough three set battle against qualifier Donna Vekic 76(2) 36 76(6) on Next Gen Arena. The Frenchwoman finally sealed victory on her fifth match point after two hours 40 minutes of play.
Elsewhere there were wins for Katerina Siniakova, Yulia Putintseva and Lesia Tsurenko while Barbora Strycova advanced to the second round when Daria Kasatkina was forced to retire following a heavy fall in the second set.