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Kerber completes win, Lisicki marks comeback at Bad Homburg

June 21, 2022 GMT
Germany's Angelique Kerber returns the ball to Russia's Anastasia Gasanova during their WTA Bad Homburg tournament tennis match, in Bad Homburg, Germany, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.  (Joaquim Ferreira/dpa via AP)
Germany's Angelique Kerber returns the ball to Russia's Anastasia Gasanova during their WTA Bad Homburg tournament tennis match, in Bad Homburg, Germany, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.  (Joaquim Ferreira/dpa via AP)
Germany's Angelique Kerber returns the ball to Russia's Anastasia Gasanova during their WTA Bad Homburg tournament tennis match, in Bad Homburg, Germany, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.  (Joaquim Ferreira/dpa via AP)
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Germany's Angelique Kerber returns the ball to Russia's Anastasia Gasanova during their WTA Bad Homburg tournament tennis match, in Bad Homburg, Germany, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (Joaquim Ferreira/dpa via AP)
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Germany's Angelique Kerber returns the ball to Russia's Anastasia Gasanova during their WTA Bad Homburg tournament tennis match, in Bad Homburg, Germany, Tuesday, June 21, 2022. (Joaquim Ferreira/dpa via AP)

BAD HOMBURG, Germany (AP) — Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep were among the first-round winners Tuesday at the Bad Homburg Open as Sabine Lisicki won a main-draw WTA Tour match for the first time since 2018 after long injury setbacks.

Defending champion Kerber completed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Anastasia Gasanova after being made to wait overnight when a rain-delayed schedule forced the match to be suspended midway through the first set on Monday.

Halep moved into the second round with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Katerina Siniakova, former U.S. Open winner Bianca Andreescu swept aside Martina Trevisan 6-3, 6-1, and French Open semifinalist Daria Kasatkina saw off Jule Niemeier 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in their second-round match.

Former Wimbledon finalist Lisicki has been plagued by repeated knee injuries and is playing with a wild card in Bad Homburg. She beat fellow German Tamara Korpatsch 6-4, 7-6 (5) in their first-round contest for her first win in four years in a full WTA Tour event.

Sixth-seeded American Amanda Anisimova won 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) against Alison van Uytvanck to reach the second round.

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