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Dominika Cibulkova advances in Connecticut Open

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Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

NEW HAVEN — Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova overcame the heat and a three-hour match with Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova on Sunday in the first round of the Connecticut Open.

The 26-year-old Cibulkova won 7-6 (6) 6-7 (5) 6-3 as she continues her comeback from left Achilles surgery that sidelined her for more than four months this year.

The tournament lost its top seed when Simona Halep withdrew because of a left thigh injury after losing to Serena Williams in the Western & Southern Open championship in Cincinnati earlier in the day. She was replaced in the draw by lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko.

In other matches at Yale Tennis Center, Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu beat Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, and the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova topped Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 7-5.