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Ana Ivanovic, Sloane Stephens win

Updated: October 8, 2013, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

LINZ, Austria -- Ana Ivanovic began her bid for a third Generali Ladies title by defeating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday. Sloane Stephens overcame a slow start to beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1 in the first round.

The third-seeded Ivanovic, who won the event in 2008 and 2010, served five aces and broke five times against Wickmayer, the 2009 winner. She next plays Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

"The result looked easier than it really was," Ivanovic ...

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