Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland advanced to the second round of the Korea Open by beating Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-4, 6-0 yesterday.
Second-seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia, eighth-seeded Annika Beck of Germany and unseeded Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan also advanced, but two other seeds were knocked out.
Eighteen-year-old wild-card entrant Jang Su-jeong of South Korea beat fourth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic and Francesca Schiavone of Italy defeated seventh-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.
Kirilenko beat Taiwanese qualifier Chan Chin-wei 6-3, 6-3, while 2009 Seoul champion Kimiko Date-Krumm defeated Heather Watson of Britain 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Japanese veteran will play Kirilenko in the next round.
In other matches Annika Beck of Germany beat Japan’s Risa Ozaki 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-4, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia defeated Nastassja Burnett of Italy 7-5, 6-0 and Romania’s Irina Begu earned a 6-3 6-4 victory over Han Xinyun of China.
AFP, GUANGZHOU, China
Top seed Sorana Cirstea crashed out of the Guangzhou Open in the first round yesterday, but British No. 1 Laura Robson powered through as she looks to repeat last year’s final appearance.
Robson defeated Cirstea in the semi-finals 12 months ago, but the Romanian failed to overcome her first hurdle this year when she was well beaten by Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-1.
Robson, seeded third this time, eased through to the second round with victory over Serbian Jovana Jaksic 6-2, 6-4 in her opening match.
Robson will next play home hope Zheng Saisai, who earned a gruelling 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 7-5 victory against Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum in a match that lasted 2 hours, 50 minutes.
Also through to the next round were the second seed Alize Cornet of France, who outclassed Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-1, and the Chinese pair of Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai.
In yesterday’s other first-round matches, Austrian Yvonne Meusburger beat Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 6-4, and Serbian Vesna Dolonc overcame Poland’s Urszula Radwanska 7-5, 6-2 in a hard-fought match which lasted almost one hour, 50 minutes.
Defending champion Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan sailed through her first-round match in straight sets on Monday.
Next up for Hsieh is China’s Zhang Shuai
Vania King, United States, and Galina Voskoboeva (3), Kazakhstan, def. Hao Chen Tang, China, and Zhaoxuan Yang, China, 6-4, 6-3.
In the doubles, Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching Chan and Chan Yung-jan defeated Ukrainian pair Lyudmyla Kichenok and Nadiya Kichenok 6-2, 6-3, while Julia Glushko of Israel and Arina Rodionova of Russia defeated Taiwan’s Hsieh Shu-ying and Paula Ormaechea of Argentina, 6-0, 6-4.
Additional reporting by staff writer