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First-round byes for top 3 in Portugal, Paire advances

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Apr 30, 2013 at 09:41am IST

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Oeiras: Sixth-seeded Benoit Paire of France beat Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Monday in the opening round of the Portugal Open. The top three men's seeded players, led by David Ferrer, have first-round byes in the clay-court tournament.

In the women's event, fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain overcame New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-3, 6-0. Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia came from behind to beat sixth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2.

Seventh-seeded Elena Vesnina of Russia posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over Portugal's Maria Joao Koehler.

First-round byes for top 3 in Portugal, Paire advances

Sixth-seeded Benoit Paire of France beat Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 7-6, 6-3 on Monday.

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