Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Defending champion Serena Williams and
fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska were among Sunday's first-round winners
at the Madrid Open.
Williams recovered from a slow start to beat qualifier Yulia Putintseva of
Kazakhstan by a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 margin. The American defeated Victoria Azarenka
in last year's Madrid finale.
Radwanska of Poland cruised past Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-2, 6-4, and
American Madison Keys took down fifth-seeded Li Na of China by a 6-3, 6-2
There was two other upsets on Sunday. Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova eased past
Caroline Wozniacki, the No. 10 seed, by a 6-2, 6-4 margin and American Varvara
Lepchenko outlasted 12th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.
Elsewhere, Venus Williams was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a
back injury. Stefanie Voegele entered the draw as a lucky loser before falling
to Anabel Medina Garrigues by a 6-3, 6-3 margin.
Sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber beat Su-Wei Hsieh 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and No. 8 seed
Petra Kvitova outlasted Yanina Wickmayer 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Also posting first-round victories on Sunday were No. 11 seed Nadia Petrova,
No. 13 seed Maria Kirilenko, No. 14 seed Marion Bartoli, No. 15 seed Dominika
Cibulkova, No. 16 seed Ana Ivanovic, Chanelle Scheepers, Svetlana Kuznetsova,
Kaia Kanepi, Sorana Cirstea, Ekaterina Makarova and Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor.
The Sports Network