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While a few seeds knocked out in the first round of the 2012 Brussels Open on Tuesday, Kaia Kanepi made a cruising start to her campaign in this WTA Premier Tournament. Kanepi mustered an easy win, while Peng Shuai and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – lost their opening encounters on a tame note.
Coming off from foot injury in Rome, eighth-seeded Kanepi broke American qualifier Irina Falconi six times to earn a 6-3 6-2 victory in just 1 hour and 17 minutes. On the other hand, the No.7-seeded Peng, fell to Sofia Arvidsson, 7-5 6-3. Peng is joined by No.9 seed Pavlyuchenkova in the list of losers. Pavlyuchenkova was beaten by Chanelle Scheepers, 7-5 6-3. Belgian No. 1 Yanina Wickmaye beat Anna Chakvetadze, 3-6 6-4 6-1.
After the match, Wickmayer said, "It was a tough match but I had to power through and I'm glad to have won. It's special to play at home and have the crowd behind you."
In the next round, Wickmayer will take on No.4 seed Dominika Cibulkova. "I know Cibulkova well, we've played each other a lot and we're really good friends too," Wickmayer said of the Slovak. "She's playing really well at the moment, so it will be a tough match, but I'm really looking forward to it."
Other winners of the day were: Monica Niculescu, qualifiers Urszula Radwanska and Arantxa Rus and lucky losers Lesia Tsurenko and Bojana Jovanovski.
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