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Main draw singles play to begin in La Costa Professional Tennis Tournament

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CARLSBAD (CNS) - Main draw singles play in the $795,707 Southern California Open women's tennis tournament will begin Monday with five matches at La Costa Resort and Spa, including a daytime match pitting fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia, the 2011 U.S.

Open champion, against Varvara Lepchenko.

Stosur has split her two matches with Lepchenko, who was born in Uzbekistan, has lived in the United States since 2001 and became a U.S. citizen in 2011.

Night play will begin with a match between sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Mallory Burdette of Jackson, Ga. Bethanie Mattek-Sands of Phoenix will face Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in the second night match.

Each of the top four seeded players -- Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic and Roberta Vinci of Italy -- received first-round byes.

Qualifying play will conclude Monday with each of the four winners receiving spots in the 28-player main draw. San Diegan Alexandra Stevenson will meet Sachie Ishizu of Japan; Coco Vandeweghe, a Newport Beach resident who reached the final of the 2012 Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, will face Olga Savchuk of Ukraine; Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, the top seed in the 32-player qualifying draw, will oppose Nicole Gibbs, the 2012 and 2013 NCAA women's singles champion; and Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan will take on Ivana Lisjak of Croatia.

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