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Julia Goerges storms past Maria Sakkari in St. Petersburg

Big-hitting German Julia Goerges tamed Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-2 7-6(5) to reach the second round of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Tuesday.

Fifth seed Goerges fired 37 winners, including 10 aces, and faced only two break points in a convincing victory in her first meeting with Sakkari in the main draw of an event.

The world number 12 sealed the first set on the back of two precise cross court backhands that her 22-year-old opponent was unable to answer.

Goerges appeared to have lost her ruthless edge in the second set but had enough firepower to beat Sakkari in the tiebreak and secure victory in an hour and 33 minutes.

She will next face Italian Roberta Vinci, who outplayed Czech Tereza Martincova 6-2 6-2 in the other opening round match.

Russia's Vera Zvonareva recorded her first victory against a top 30 player since 2015 as world number 28 Kiki Bertens was forced to retire due to illness after losing the opening set 6-4.

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