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Nara dispatches Kiick in BNP Paribas Open

Kyodo

Kurumi Nara, playing her first match since her maiden victory on the WTA Tour, advanced to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.

Nara, who is ranked a career-high 47th following her Rio Open victory two weeks ago, defeated American Allie Kiick 6-4, 6-0, despite having to adjust after playing her last two events on clay. Kiick entered the tournament ranked 162nd in the world.

“I felt a little unfamiliar with the hard court and at times I was hurrying,” said Nara, who prior to her victory in Rio de Janeiro, had played in a Fed Cup fixture on clay in Buenos Aires.

“But basically, I don’t change the way I play. Although I had a lot of issues I’ll need to deal with, I think I played a good match.”

Nara’s second-round opponent will be seventh-ranked Romanian Simona Halep, who had a first-round bye.