Halep, Vinci win openers in Bucharest

07/09/2014 3:32 PM

07/09/2014 3:33 PM

Bucharest, Romania (SportsNetwork.com) - Romanian star Simona Halep and second-seeded Roberta Vinci were a pair of easy first-round winners Wednesday at the inaugural Bucharest Open tennis tournament.

The top-seeded French Open runner-up Halep rolled past Dutch lucky loser Indy De Vroome 6-0, 6-4, while the Italian veteran Vinci vaulted past Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru 6-2, 6-3 on the red clay at Arenele BNR.

Halep, who was a Wimbledon semifinalist last week, will face Serb Aleksandra Krunic on Thursday, while Vinci, fresh off her doubles title at Wimbledon, will encounter Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

In second-round action on Day 3, eighth-seeded Slovenian Polona Hercog held off Pole Katarzyna Piter 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4); Slovak Kristina Kucova topped Romanian wild card Cristina Dinu 6-2, 6-3; Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena outlasted Turk Cagla Buyukakcay 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6); and Romanian veteran Monica Niculescu bested Bulgarian qualifier Elitsa Kostova 7-5, 7-5.

Another opening-round result on Wednesday saw Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens sneak past Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.

The maiden Bucharest champion will pocket $43,000.

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