WTA roundup: Top 5 seeds breeze through in Austria

Seeded Russians Ekaterina Alexandrova (No. 2) and Anastasia Potapova (No. 5) cruised in straight sets on Wednesday at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz.

Alexandrova advanced with a 6-3, 6-0 win over German Jule Niemeier and Potapova defeated Italy’s Sara Errani 6-4, 6-3.

Eighth-seeded Petra Martic of Croatia lost in three sets to Czech Katerina Siniakova 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Other winners included Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Dayana Yastremska and Jodie Burrage.

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Third-seeded Xinyu Wang of China advanced in straight sets but fellow countrywoman and No. 5 Xiyu Wang lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to Hungary’s Dalma Galfi.

Xiyu Wang won just 64.2 percent of her first serves vs. 77.6 percent for Galfi.

No. 7 seed and Kazakhstani Yulia Putintseva defeated Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 7-6 (0), 7-6 (1).

Diana Shnaider advanced when Spain’s Paula Badosa retired in the second set. Badosa led 4-3 in the second after dropping the first set.