Rubin and Mauresmo advance in Linz

American Chanda Rubin as well as Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo both beat back strong challenges today to advance in the $535,000 Generali Ladies Open in Linz, Austria, while number two seed Venus Williams had no trouble advancing.

American Chanda Rubin as well as Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo both beat back strong challenges today to advance in the $535,000 Generali Ladies Open in Linz, Austria, while number two seed Venus Williams had no trouble advancing.

In late play, Wiliams fended off Japan's Ai Sugiyama 7-5 in the first set and then briskly took the second set 6-2.

Sabine Appelmans netted forehand on set point while leading the fifth-seeded Rubin 5-3 in the first set, enabling Rubin to rally for a break and eventually win the match 7-5, 6-4.

The No. 6 Mauresmo had to overcome a first-set loss to Tatiana Panova before finally prevailing 7-6 (6), 7-5, 3-0 when the Russian developed a shoulder injury and withdrew.

Austria inevitably lost one of its hopes when Sylvia Plischke was defeated by compatriot Barbara Schett 7-5, 6-1.

Zimbabwe's Cara Black, who had defeated Olympic silver medalist Elena Dementieva the previous day, was forced to pull out of the tournament for family reasons as her father was gravely ill.

In other matches Wednesday, Kveta Hrdlickova of the Czech Republic beat Italy's Silvia Farina-Elia 6-3, 7-6 (2); Slovakian Karina Habsudova defeated Anne-Gaelle Sidot of France 7-6 (1), 6-1; Silvija Talaja of Croatia overcame Denisa Chladkova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (2), 6-2; and Dutchwoman Amanda Hopmans routed Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, 6-1, 6-1.

Results from the $535,000 Generali Ladies Open (seedings in parantheses):

Singles First Round

Chanda Rubin (5), United States, def. Sabine Appelmans, Belgium, 7-5, 6-4. Aurelie Mauresmo (6), France, def. Tatiana Panova, Russia, 6-7, (6-8), 7-5, 3-0, retired, injury Kveta Hrdlickova, Czech Republic, def. Silvia Farina-Elia, Italy, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). Karina Habsudova, Slovakia, def. Anne-Gaelle Sidot, France, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1. Silvija Talaja, Croatia (8), def. Denisa Chladkova, Czech Republic, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. Amanda Hopmans, Netherlands, def. Anne Kremer, Luxembourg, 6-1,6-1. Barbara Schett, Austria, def. Sylvia Plischke, Austria, 7-5, 6-1. Venus Williams (2), United States, def. Ai Sugiyama, Japan, 7-5, 6-2.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Sport
Sir Bradley Wiggins removes his silver medal after the podium ceremony for the men’s 4,000m team pursuit in Glasgow yesterday
Commonwealth games Disappointment for Sir Bradley in team pursuit final as England are forced to settle for silver
Sport
Jodie Stimpson crosses the finishing line to win gold in the women's triathlon
Life and Style
Phillips Idowu, Stella McCartney and Jessica Ennis
fashionMcCartney to continue designing Team GB Olympics kit until 2016
Sport
Shinji Kagawa and Reece James celebrate after the latter scores in Manchester United's 7-0 victory over LA Galaxy
football
Voices
voicesGood for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, writes Grace Dent
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning