Former US Open finalist Vinci out early at new Swiss event

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Roberta Vinci of Italy returns the ball to Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the Dubai Tennis Championships, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Former US Open finalist Vinci out early at new Swiss event

Roberta Vinci of Italy returns the ball to Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the Dubai Tennis Championships, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

BIEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Former U.S. Open runner-up Roberta Vinci lost on the opening day of the first Biel Ladies Open on Monday.

The fourth-seeded Italian, now ranked No. 35, lost to 58th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.

Their first-round match opened the main draw on the 2,500-capacity show court at Swiss Arena as the indoor hard-court event debuted on the WTA Tour.

The other seeded player in action quickly followed Vinci on her way out. Eighth-seeded Monica Niculescu of Romania lost to Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-2, 6-2.

Also Monday, Mona Barthel of Germany beat Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4.

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