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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Balkan Stars Advance

MONTREAL () -- Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria and Iva Majoli of Croatia were the highest seeds in action on the first day of the $750,000 Canadian Open, moving into the second round with straight-set victories.

On Monday, Maleeva, seeded 10th, beat Joanette Kruger of South Africa 6-4, 6-1 and Majoli, 12th seed, defeated Silke Frankl of Germany 7-6 (7-1) 6-0.

The number 14 seed, Naoko Sowamtsu of Japan, also advanced with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over France's Nathalie Herreman but the number 18 seed, Shi-Ting Wang of Taiwan, lost to American Debbie Graham 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.