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Vaidisova defeats Stosur in three sets in Eastbourne opener

Updated: June 18, 2007, 4:36 PM ET
Associated Press

EASTBOURNE, England -- Fifth-seeded Nicole Vaidisova fought off a strong challenge from Australian Samantha Stosur 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the second round of the Eastbourne International on Monday.

In the only other first-round matches, Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic edged Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-6 (0), 7-6 (5), leaving the German with only four wins this year.

Alicia Molik, who has struggled to return from a career-threatening inner-ear infection, surrendered ...

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