Tsurenko, Falconi pass opening tests


There were straightforward wins for fourth seed Lesia Tsurenko and Irina Falconi as the Nurnberger Versicherungscup got under way on Sunday.

Tsurenko was forced to work hard in the first set against teenage Austrian wildcard Mira Antonitsch, the world number 982.

However, the gulf in class showed thereafter as Tsurenko completed a 7-5 6-1 win to set up a second-round tie with either Stephanie Vogt or Polona Hercog.

World number 66 Falconi also avoided a scare against unheralded opposition, beating Katharina Gerlach 6-0 6-3.

Sunday's other match saw Nicole Gibbs win 6-4 6-3 against Kristyna Pliskova, whose sister Karolina reached the final of this event in 2014.