Schiavone beats '06 champ Peer

Updated: July 13, 2009, 2:31 PM ET
Associated Press

PRAGUE -- Top-seeded Francesca Schiavone advanced to the second round of the Prague Open, beating 2006 champion Shahar Peer 7-5, 6-3 on Monday.

Second-seeded Sybille Bammer also advanced, rallying to beat Tsvetana Pironkova 2-6, 7-6 (2), 7-5. Fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro beat Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova defeated Kristina Kucova 7-5, 6-4.

Dominika Cibulkova withdrew from the tournament with an unspecified thigh injury on Sunday, leaving the top-seeded position to Schiavone.

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