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Serena Williams imposes authority with crushing win

AFP, BRISBANE, Australia

Radwanska, who was beaten in three sets by Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final last year, had too much finesse for Arn, who is ranked 110 places below her.

She wrapped up the match in just over an hour, dominating from the baseline and wearing Arn down in a series of rallies.

“I think this is my style. To be honest, I don’t really work on that, I was just born to play like that,” the 56kg Polish player said. “With my body, I can’t serve 200kph, so I think I have to mix up everything and try to do something else, not just powerful shots.”

Goerges, a top 20 player who usually dominates with a powerful first serve, was woefully off target in the first set against Sevastova, with only a 33 percent success rate.

However, she was able to rely on her extensive groundstroke armory, which proved too much for her 22-year-old Latvian opponent, who ranks 184th in the world.

The only ranked player to fall on the second day was fifth seed Sorana Cirstea. The Romanian retired hurt after losing the first set 6-3 to Britain’s Heather Watson.

HOPMAN CUP

AP, PERTH, Australia

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has handed John Isner his second straight singles defeat at the Hopman Cup, beating the American 6-3, 6-2 to give France a 1-0 lead yesterday.

Later yesterday on hard court at the Perth Arena, Venus Williams beat Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to take the match into a decisive mixed doubles.

The Americans won their opening match at the eight-team tournament, beating South Africa on Sunday, while France lost to their opening match to Spain.

SHENZHEN OPEN

AFP and AP,

BEIJING and SHENZHEN, China

British teenage tennis sensation Laura Robson crashed out of the Shenzhen Open in straight sets yesterday, a disappointing start to a year in which she is seeking to break into the world top 50.

The 18-year-old, currently ranked 53rd in the world, lost her second-round match against Romania’s Monica Niculescu 2-6, 3-6 in 1 hour, 16 minutes.

She was seeded seventh in the hard court tournament, and came into the contest ranked five places above her opponent.

Meanwhile, Chinese No. 1 and world No. 7 Li Na defeated Luxembourger Mandy Minella 6-4, 6-0 in her first round match.

The 2011 French Open singles title winner and top seed will face American Julia Cohen in the next phase of the competition.

The Shenzhen Open — carrying total prize money of US$500,000 — is being played for the first time as tennis expands in China on the back of Li’s huge popularity.

Eighth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia could await Li in the quarter-finals after beating Duan Yingying of China 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.

In other second-round matches, fifth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3, Monica Niculescu of Romania beat seventh-seeded Laura Robson of Britain 6-2, 6-3, and sixth-seeded Shuai Peng of China swept past Ayumi Morita of Japan for a seventh straight time, 6-1, 6-1.

In the doubles, Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching and Chan Jing-yan beat Romania’s Alexandra Cadantu and the UK’s Anne Keothavong 6-0, 6-1.

In the doubles quarter-finals, Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen and China’s Yan Zi beat Nina Bratchikova of Russia and Janette Husarova of Slovakia 7-6, 6-4, 10-6.

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