Elina Svitolina advances to second round at Thailand Open

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Elina Svitolina. (Vincent Thian/AP)

HUA HIN, Thailand — Elina Svitolina advanced to the second round of the Thailand Open by beating Bibiane Schoos 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday.

The top-seeded player from Ukraine was making her first appearance in Thailand.

“I have to adjust a bit because I came from Europe, which is quite cold,” Svitolina said. “It’s quite warm here. But in the end I played a solid match.”

The 2018 WTA Finals champion will next face Australian qualifier Storm Sanders.

“I haven’t played against her before,” Svitolina said. “My coach will look it up on the internet to see how she plays. But I’ve seen her play before. She is left-handed. I have to be ready for a different spin. But in the end I have to focus on what I have to play on course.”

Fifth-seeded Magda Linette also reached the second round, defeating Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 6-2.

Also, fourth-seeded Saisai Zheng beat En-Shuo Liang 6-4, 6-3, eighth-seeded Nao Habino routed Peangtarn Plipuech 6-0, 6-1, and 19-year-old Leonie Kung of Switzerland eliminated seventh-seeded Lin Zhu 6-3, 6-1.

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