Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Sara Errani of Italy was the lone seeded
player in action Saturday to start the Madrid Open and the 2012 French Open
runner-up had an easy win against Poland's Urszula Radwanska.
The seventh-seeded Errani was coming off a surprising loss in her Stuttgart
opener two weeks ago, but cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 win Saturday. She's already
had a strong 2013 campaign, winning the Acapulco title in March with runner-up
finishes at the Paris Indoors and Dubai in February.
Other winners Saturday on the clay courts of the Magic Box included Slovakia's
Daniela Hantuchova, Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens, Frenchwoman Alize Cornet and
Germans Sabine Lisicki and Julia Goerges.
Hantuchova knocked off American Sloane Stephens, 6-3, 7-5, while Flipkens
dominated Germany's Mona Barthel, 6-4, 6-1, and Cornet outlasted Dutchwoman
Kiki Bertens, 7-5, 7-6 (10-8). Lisicki breezed past Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson,
6-3, 6-1, and Goerges toppled Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski, 6-4, 6-1.
Also, Britain's Laura Robson rallied for a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-2 triumph over
Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova. Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino defeated
Romania's Simona Halep, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Serena Williams doused reigning two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka in last
year's Madrid finale and is this year's top seed. Williams will play qualifier
Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan on Sunday.
Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska is also slated for action Sunday against
Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, while fifth-seeded Li Na is set to take on
Austria's Tamira Paszek.
The Sports Network