Linz, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone was among Monday's opening-round winners at the Generali Ladies Linz tennis tournament.
The Italian veteran topped Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2 on the indoor hardcourts at TipsArena Linz.
Also on Day 1, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina bested German Mona Barthel 6-2, 7-5.
The top seeds in Linz are German Angelique Kerber, American Sloane Stephens and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. Ivanovic titled here in 2008 and 2010.
This week's winner will claim $43,700.