Irina-Camelia Begu advances

Updated: July 9, 2012, 5:44 PM ET
Associated Press

PALERMO, Sicily -- Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania beat Slovenia's Polona Hercog, last year's runner-up, with a 6-1, 7-6 (8) victory Monday in the first round of the Italiacom Open.

Begu, ranked 10 spots behind the 63rd-ranked Hercog, saved three set points in the tiebreaker.

Earlier on the red clay courts at the Country Time Club, seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France beat Mariana Duque Marino of Colombia, 6-3, 6-2; Alexandra Cadantu of Romania eliminated Kiki Bertens of the ...

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