Vakulenko among first-round winners at DFS

June 11, 2007 at 3:31 PM

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 11 (UPI) -- Ninth-seeded Julia Vakulenko rolled to a straight-set, first-round win Monday in the $200,000 DFS Classic grass-court tournament in England.

Vakulenko was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Tiantian Sun as most of the seeded players going Monday advanced. One exception was No. 14 Michaella Krajicek, who was ousted by Yuliana Fedak, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

No. 12-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska easily handled Anne Kremer, 6-1, 6-3; 13th-seeded Meilen Tu whipped Roberta Vinci, 6-1, 6-2; No. 15 Eleni Daniilidou topped Laura Granville, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); and 16th-seeded Maria Kirilenko beat Raquel Kops-Jones, 6-3, 6-2.

Also Monday, Lilia Osterloh got past Varvara Lepchenko, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3; Elena Likhovtseva leveled Bethanie Mattek, 6-3, 6-0; and Sania Mirza beat Maria Elena Camerin, 6-3, 6-3.

The tournament's top seeds, Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic, who both reached the semifinals of last week's French Open, were among highly seeded players granted first-round byes.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Seattle Seahawks hold off Detroit Lions for controversial win
Oakland Athletics promote Billy Beane, name David Forst GM
Apology saves Rory McIlroy $20K
Falcons hope to get injured RB Coleman back this week