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LIMOGES, France – 2016 champion Ekaterina Alexandrova made a strong start at the Engie Open de Limoges, a WTA 125K event, edging past Olga Govortsova in a three-set marathon to move into the second round.

No.8 seed Alexandrova fired off a head-turning 18 aces in total against Govortsova – 10 of those coming in the first set alone – en route to a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-2 victory in two hours and 18 minutes.

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Alexandrova’s game flourishes on indoor hardcourts; she lifted her only WTA-level trophy here in Limoges back in 2016, and she comes hot off a run to the final at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz last month.  

The Russian took command of the encounter against Govortsova from the start, her strong serves keeping her in front in the rallies and earning her 10 free points off of aces. In four of her five service games, Alexandrova didn’t drop more than two points – putting the pressure on Govortsova to take her chances. Alexandrova claimed the lone break at 3-2 and comfortably took the opening set.

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