Anne Keothavong ends four-month losing run with win at Luxembourg Open
Last Updated: October 18, 2012 1:57pm
Anne Keothavong: Ends four-month losing run
Britain's Anne Keothavong ended a run of nine first round defeats by beating Kiki Bertens at the Luxembourg Open.
Keothavong had lost in the final round of qualifying to Vera Dushevina, but a place in the main draw opened up when another player had to withdraw.
She made the most of her good fortune, hammering the Dutchwoman 6-2 6-2 to reach the second round where she will face the No 1 seed, Italy's Roberta Vinci.
It ended a winless run in main draws stretching back to Wimbledon in June.
She is currently ranked 83rd in the world but needs a strong finish to the season to stay in the top 100 because of her good results at this time last year, including a run to the semi-finals as a qualifier in Luxembourg.
In other first-round action, former world number five Daniela Hantuchova moved into the second round with a hard-fought 3-6 6-4 6-1 win over Holland's Arantxa Rus.
Germany's Andrea Petkovic also had to come from behind to defeat Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 4-6 6-2 6-1, while Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan beat Russian qualifier Vera Dushevina 6-3 7-6 (7-2).
In the second round, Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-2 6-3, and Czech Lucie Hradecka beat Germany's Annika Beck 6-1 6-1.