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Home comfort for Radwanska

There was a victorious homecoming for Agnieszka Radwanska at the BNP Paribas Katowice Open.

The top seed, who beat Kristyna Pliskova 6-3 6-2 in round one, is playing in a WTA Tour event in Poland for the first time in seven years.

Radwanska told wtatennis.com: "I'm really excited. I still have vivid memories of my first ever WTA main draw event at the Premier event in Warsaw in 2006.

"As a 17-year-old girl, I managed to beat 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina in the first round. I couldn't imagine a better debut.

"So my tennis career really began in my home country and I'm thankful for this opportunity."

There were much-needed wins, meanwhile, for second seed Roberta Vinci and her fellow Italian Francesca Schiavone.

Both women had only managed one singles victory all season, in Indian Wells, but Vinci defeated Ksenia Pervak 6-3 6-3 while former French Open champion Schiavone hammered Vera Dushevina 6-0 6-2 and will next play Radwanska.

It was a good day for the seeds, with Alize Cornet, Klara Koukalova, Yvonne Meusburger and Tsvetana Pironkova also winning.