Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) - Fourth seed Sara Errani, former
world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova
were among the opening-round winners Tuesday at the 2013 U.S. Open.
The former French Open runner-up Errani, of Italy, double-bageled helpless
Aussie Olivia Rogowska, 6-0, 6-0, while the sixth-seeded Dane and 2009 U.S.
Open runner-up Wozniacki topped Chinese Duan Ying-Ying, 6-2, 7-5, and the
seventh-seeded Czech slugger Kvitova got past Japanese fellow left-hander
Misaki Doi in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, in 1 hour, 55 minutes on a warm,
breezy Day 2 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
"In the first round of Grand Slams it's difficult all the time so you have to
be focused," said Kvitova, who was a runner-up in New Haven, Conn., last week.
"I didn't play my game all the match. I didn't have focus. I have to have more
Kvitova, who captured Wimbledon in 2011, has never made it past the fourth
round in New York. Her second-round opponent on Thursday will be capable Serb
Meanwhile, 10th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist a
year ago, handled Hungarian Timea Babos, 6-4, 6-2, 13th-seeded former world
No. 1 and former French Open champ Ana Ivanovic, also a 2012 quarterfinalist
in Flushing, pasted Georgian Anna Tatishvili, 6-2, 6-0, and 14th-seeded
Russian Maria Kirilenko mauled Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, 6-1, 6-1.
In other action involving seeds, Israeli Julia Glushko doused No. 20 Russian
Nadia Petrova 6-3, 6-4; No. 22 Russian Elena Vesnina drilled German Annika
Beck 6-1, 6-1; No. 26 Alize Cornet, of France, downed Portuguese Maria
Joao Koehler 6-3, 6-2; and Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh knocked out No. 31 Czech
Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 6-3. The one-time world No. 3 Petrova has dropped her
last six matches on tour.
In matches involving Americans, Christina McHale defeated German Julia
Goerges, 6-4, 6-3; Italian Karin Knapp drilled Grace Min, 6-3, 6-1; Romanian
Alexandra Dulgheru took out Varvara Lepchenko, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-5); and
Italian Flavia Pennetta crushed Nicole Gibbs, 6-0, 6-2. Pennetta will tangle
with her fellow Italian Errani on Thursday.
The Sports Network