Anne Keothavong marches on

  • Last Updated: October 18 2012, 14:52 BST

Anne Keothavong made the most of her lucky loser spot to reach the second round of the Luxembourg Open with victory over Kiki Bertens.

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The British number three had lost in the final round of qualifying to Vera Dushevina but was given a reprieve and proved far too good for Dutchwoman Bertens, winning 6-2 6-2.

It has been a timely return to form for Keothavong, who next meets top seed Roberta Vinci, after a winless run stretching back nine matches to Wimbledon in June.

She is currently ranked 83rd in the world but needs a strong finish to the season to stay in the top 100 because of her good results at this time last year, including a run to the semi-finals as a qualifier in Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, former world number five Daniela Hantuchova also moved into the second round with a hard-fought 3-6 6-4 6-1 win over Holland's Arantxa Rus.

The 29-year-old Slovakian, now ranked 38, fought back strongly after a poor start, breaking Rus five times in the final two sets to wrap up victory in one hour and 50 minutes.

Germany's Andrea Petkovic also had to come from behind to defeat Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 4-6 6-2 6-1, while Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan beat Russian qualifier Vera Dushevina 6-3 7-6 (7-2).

In second round action, Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-2 6-3, and Czech Lucie Hradecka beat Germany's Annika Beck 6-1 6-1.


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