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Svitolina through, Schiavone out

30 August 2017, 18:12Ukraine's fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina, fighting to become world No 1, captured a rain-interrupted match on Wednesday to reach the second round of the US Open.

Svitolina, seeking her sixth title of the year and first Grand Slam crown, held off 42nd-ranked Czech Katerina Siniakova 6-0, 6-7 (5/7).

American Jennifer Brady defeated German Andrea Petkovic 6-4 3-6 6-1 while Monica Niculescu from Romania won 6-3 6-2 against Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic.

Svitolina, who dropped six of nine tie-breaker points when her match resumed, survived a third set, breaking for a 4-2 edge and serving out for the victory.

Romania's Monica Niculescu, meanwhile, beat France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-2 in the first round.

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