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Saville advances in Charleston claycourt tournament

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Australian Daria Saville has overcome Germany's Tamara Korpatsch to reach the second round at the Charleston Open claycourt tournament.

The 30-year-old Saville prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-2 over the world No.76 on Monday, setting up a tough next-up assignment against seventh seed Elena Svitolina, who had a first-round bye.

American qualifier Katie Volynets emerged triumphant from the longest match on the WTA Tour this year as she scraped past Arantxa Rus 6-2 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (8-6) in three hours and 43 minutes.

The 22-year-old from California next faces 10th-seeded Emma Navarro, whose father owns the Charleston tournament and the stadium that hosts the event.

Also on Day 1, 2019 French Open semi-finalist Amanda Anisimova played on tour for the first time since losing to eventual champion Aryna Sabalenka at the Australian Open on January 20, and looked to be in strong form during a 6-3 6-0 victory over Alize Cornet.

Next comes a tougher challenger for Anisimova: A second-round contest against No.1 seed Jessica Pegula.

In other first-round results, 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki eliminated qualifier McCartney Kessler 6-0 6-1, Magda Linette got past Petra Martić 6-3 6-4, Shelby Rogers beat Claire Liu 6-1 6-1, and qualifier Varvara Gracheva defeated wild-card entry Clervie Ngounoue 6-2 6-1.