Seoul, Korea (Sports Network) - Top seeds Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria
Kirilenko were first-round winners Tuesday at the Korea Open.
The top-seeded Radwanska rolled to a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Romania's Alexandra
Cadantu, while the second-seeded Kirilenko claimed a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over
Taiwanese qualifier Chin-Wei Chan.
Radwanska is playing for the first time since a surprising fourth-round loss
to Ekaterina Makarova at the U.S. Open. The fourth-ranked native of Poland has
had a solid season, reaching at least the quarterfinals in all but five of her
17 events, but she hasn't won a tournament since taking back-to-back titles to
start the year in Auckland and Sydney.
Kirilenko, meanwhile, is also in action for the first time since falling in
the third round at Flushing Meadows. The Russian has had success at this
event, winning in 2008 after finishing as the runner-up the previous year.
A pair of seeded players were beaten Tuesday, as Klara Zakopalova of the Czech
Republic and Germany's Andrea Petkovic went down. Korean wild card Jang Su
Jeong knocked off the fourth-seeded Zakopalova, 6-3, 6-1, while former French
Open champ Francesca Schiavone gutted out a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 triumph over the
Germany's Annika Beck was almost another seeded casualty, but the eighth seed
rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki.
Other winners Tuesday were Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, Spain's
Estrella Cabeza Candela, Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu and Tunisian qualifier
Date-Krumm came from behind for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Britain's Heather
Watson to earn a second-round date with Kirilenko, while Cabeza Candela posted
a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Luxembourg's Mandy Minella and will next play
Begu eased past Chinese qualifier Han Xinyun, 6-3, 6-4, and Jabeur topped
Italy's Nastassja Burnett, 7-5, 6-0.
The Sports Network