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Belgium too good for Kazakhstan in Hopman Cup


Top seed Robin Soderling cruised through to the second round with an emphatic win over US qualifier Ryan Harrison.

Harrison had no answer to the Swede’s power and precision, the world No. 5 winning 6-2, 6-4 in 65 minutes despite arriving in Brisbane only late Sunday night.

The Czech Radek Stepanek, champion two years ago and -runner-up last year, came back from losing the first set to Germany’s Tobias Kamke to move into the second round with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 victory.

He takes on fourth-seeded American Mardy Fish, a 6-1, 6-4 victor over Adrian Mannarino.

Crowd favorite Marcos Baghdatis came back from losing the first set against Frenchman Florent Serra, the Cypriot fifth seed taking the match 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

South African Kevin Anderson was too good for Australian Peter Luczak, winning 6-4, 6-4 to book his second-round match against Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, while Lithuanian qualifier Richard Berankis beat Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-3.



Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer began the defense of her Auckland Classic title with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 first-round victory over former world No. 1 Dinara Safina yesterday.

While the presence of grand slam title winners Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova has helped to effectively sell out the entire tournament, Wickmayer and Safina gave the capacity crowd the best value for money so far with a tough baseline battle filled with aggressive shot-making.

Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro, who avoided having to play top seed Sharapova on Monday after fifth seed Anastasija Sevastova withdrew with illness, took full advantage to advance to the second round with a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Italy’s Romina Oprandi.

Seventh-seed Elena Vesnina completed a Russian sweep over their New Zealand opponents when she followed up compatriot Kuznetsova’s victory over Sacha Jones on Monday with a clinical 6-2, 6-2 victory over local wildcard Marina Erakovic.

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