Top seed Pennetta pulls out of Gastein Ladies

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Top seed Pennetta pulls out of Gastein Ladies
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Flavia Pennetta of Italy gestures to Lauren Davis of U.S. during their women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) -- Flavia Pennetta pulled out of the Gastein Ladies clay-court event with an ankle injury shortly before her opening match on Monday.

The 13th-ranked Italian, who was the top-seeded player, was scheduled to take on Grace Min of the United States. Pennetta will be replaced by a qualifier.

Earlier, Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland defeated former champion Julia Goerges 7-6 (0), 6-2 in the opening round. Voegele saved four break points in the opening set and held serve throughout the match against the 99th-ranked German, who won the tournament in 2010.

Also, eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic hit seven aces while beating Mona Barthel of Germany 6-4, 6-4.

In a match between two Austrian wildcards, Lisa-Maria Moser defeated Yvonne Neuwirth 6-2, 6-4.

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