Woz­ni­acki ad­vances to sec­ond round at Pan Pa­cific Open

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A resur­gent Caro­line Woz­ni­acki ad­vanced to the sec­ond round of the Pan Pa­cific Openyes­ter­day while gain­ing re­venge over Belinda Ben­cic for last year's semi­fi­nal de­feat.

Con­tin­u­ing the form that took her to the US Open semi­fi­nals, Woz­ni­acki hit 10 aces in the 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 win over Ben­cic to set up a sec­ond-round meet­ing with fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro.

The re­sult ended a run of four straight de­feats for Woz­ni­acki against the Swiss player.

Yu­lia Putint­seva of Kaza­khstan up­set fifth-seeded Madi­son Keys of the United States 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7) while fac­ing down 15 aces, and sixth-seeded Do­minika Cibulkova of Slo­vakia ousted Lucie Sa­farova of the Czech Repub­lic 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on a drop shot after 2 1/2 hours.

The 2013 cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova of the Czech Repub­lic beat Madi­son Bren­gle of the United States 6-3, 6-3 to set up a meet­ing in the sec­ond round with Rio de Janeiro Olympic cham­pion Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

De­fend­ing champ Jankovic through to Guangzhou Open 2nd round

De­fend­ing cham­pion Je­lena Jankovic marched into the sec­ond round of the Guangzhou Open by past­ing Chi­nese qual­i­fier You Xiaodi 6-2, 6-1 yes­ter­day.

The sec­ond-seeded Ser­bian set up a sec­ond-round match against Rebecca Peter­son of Swe­den.

Unseeded Anett Kon­taveit and Peng Shuai also moved ahead after upset­ting sev­enth-seeded Ka­te­rina Sini­akova and eighth­seeded Zheng Sai­sai re­spec­tively in their first-round matches.

The 2013 fi­nal­ist Va­nia King made an early exit after los­ing to Sofia Sha­p­atava of Ge­or­gia 6-3, 7-5.

Also win­ners were Switzer­land's Vik­torija Gol­u­bic, Ger­many's Sabine Lisicki, Uzbeskistan's Nig­ina Ab­du­raimova, and Be­larus' Olga Govortsova.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Begu ad­vances to 2nd round at Korea Open

Top seed and de­fend­ing cham­pion Irina-Camelia Begu of Ro­ma­nia over­pow­ered lo­cal Jang Su-jeong 6-2, 6-1 to ad­vance to the sec­ond round of the Korea Open yes­ter­day.

Begu dom­i­nated the South Korean wild card with pow­er­ful ground­strokes for her first match win since the start of Au­gust, when she won her third ca­reer ti­tle in Flo­ri­a­nop­o­lis.

In end­ing a four-match los­ing streak, in­clud­ing at the Olympics and US Open, Begu lined up Jana Ce­pelova of Slo­vakia, a semi­fi­nal­ist in Tokyo last week.

Sec­ond-seeded Jo­hanna Lars­son of Swe­den ral­lied to beat Grace Min of the United States 0-6, 6-2, 6-2, and third-seeded Zhang Shuai of China out­lasted Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Fourth-seeded Kristina Mlade­n­ovic of France beat qual­i­fier Luk­sika Kumkhum of Thai­land 6-2, 7-5.

Ramos-Vi­no­las beaten in first round in St. Peters­burg

Sixth-seeded Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las lost in the first round of the St. Peters­burg Open in straight sets to French qual­i­fier Alexan­dre Si­dorenko yes­ter­day.

The St. Peters­burg-born Si­dorenko, play­ing his first tourlevel match this year, pro­duced some timely big serves to win 75, 6-2 against his Span­ish op­po­nent, who at 32nd in the world was ranked 223 places above Si­dorenko.

There was a tense fin­ish as Si­dorenko wasted two match points, the sec­ond with a dou­ble fault, be­fore serv­ing out the win.

He next plays ei­ther Italy's Paolo Lorenzi or German qual­i­fier Mis­cha Zverev.

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