Wozniacki advances to second round at Pan Pacific Open
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.