facebook
twitter
search
search

Safina, Serena win openers in China

Oct. 4, 2009 at 2:52 PM
| License Photo

BEIJING, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Top seeds Dinara Safina of Russia and American Serena Williams posted straight-set victories Sunday in the first-round of the China Open in Beijing.

Safina, the No. 1 seed, eliminated Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-4 and Williams, seeded second, defeated Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 7-5, 6-4.

Three seeded Russian players were among others who advanced. Fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva whipped Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-4, 6-4, sixth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova outlasted China's Jie Zheng 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 and Vera Zvonareva, No. 7, routed Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-2.

Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez upset fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-0.

The ninth-seed, Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, beat countrywoman Olga Govortsova 6-1, 6-3 and No. 14 Marion Bartoli of France ousted Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Others advancing included Ekaterina Makarova of Russia and China's Shuai Zhang, both unseeded.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
FSU dismisses QB after video shows him hitting woman
Tennessee Titans QB Mariota remains unsigned
Chicago Blackhawks trade G Nilsson to Edmonton Oilers for F Coughlin
WBO strips Mayweather of welterweight title
Keuchel, Tucker lead Houston Astros past Cleveland Indians