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Zakopalova, McHale win Paris openers

1:24 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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Paris, France (Sports Network) - Eighth seed Klara Zakopalova and American Christina McHale notched first-round wins Monday at the Open GDF Suez tennis event.

The Czech veteran Zakopalova came from behind to beat Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 on the indoor hardcourts at Stade Coubertin.

McHale doused French wild card Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-1 and is rewarded with a second-round match against third-seeded French star Marion Bartoli, who was last year's Paris runner-up to German left-hander Angelique Kerber.

Also on Day 1, German Mona Barthel handled Pole Urszula Radwanska 7-6 (7-1), 6-0.

This week's top seeds are French Open runner-up Sara Errani and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who captured this Parisian tournament two years ago.

The winner of this $690,000 event will collect $125,000.

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