Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Top seed Kirsten Flipkens and reigning champion Sofia Arvidsson were a pair of first-round winners Monday at the $235,000 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships.
The Belgian Flipkens whipped Israeli Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-2, while the second-seeded Arvidsson erased Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova 6-4, 6-4 on the hardcourts at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Peer was a Memphis runner-up in 2007.
The Swedish veteran Arvidsson beat New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in last year's final to capture a second Memphis title in her third final here. Arvidsson also titled here in 2006.
American Jamie Hampton handled Spanish wild card Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-3 on Day 2, while Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko downed American qualifier Maria Sanchez 6-2, 6-4.