Kerber and Halep bag first round wins

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Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep were among the first-round winners at the Bad Homburg Open as Sabine Lisicki won a main-draw WTA Tour match for the first time since 2018 after long injury setbacks.

Defending champion Kerber completed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Anastasia Gasanova on Tuesday after being made to wait overnight when a rain-delayed schedule forced the match to be suspended midway through the first set on Monday.

Halep moved into the second round with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Katerina Siniakova, former US Open winner Bianca Andreescu swept aside Martina Trevisan 6-3 6-1, and French Open semifinalist Daria Kasatkina saw off Jule Niemeier 6-1 3-6 6-1 in their second-round match.

Former Wimbledon finalist Lisicki has been plagued by repeated knee injuries and is playing with a wild card in Bad Homburg.

She beat fellow German Tamara Korpatsch 6-4 7-6 (7-5) in their first-round contest for her first win in four years in a full WTA Tour event.

Sixth-seeded American Amanda Anisimova won 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) against Alison van Uytvanck to reach the second round.

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