Li wins first-round match in Sydney

Jan. 9, 2012 at 8:06 AM
| License Photo

SYDNEY, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Li Na opened defense of her title in the Apia International tennis tournament with a straight-set win Monday in Sydney.

Li rolled past Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 6-3 by taking more than 60 percent of the points in the match. She took control early, winning 68 percent of the points in the first-set shutout. Li broke Makarova's serve five times.

No. 3-seeded Victoria Azarenka also dropped just three games in her first-round victory, ousting Stefanie Voegele 6-2, 6-1. She had five service breaks out of 18 break opportunities and won 55 percent of the points when receiving Voegele's serve.

Fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur, a local favorite, was eliminated Monday, losing 6-2, 6-4 to Francesca Schiavone. Schiavone had five breaks over Stosur's nine serving games. Also falling was Vera Zvonareva, the No. 6 seed. Svetlana Kuznetsova who is 8-4 lifetime versus her higher-ranked Russian countrywoman, took a clear 6-1, 6-2 decision in the match.

No. 7-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska routed her sister Urszula Radwanska 6-1, 6-1 in 55 minutes while eighth-seeded Marion Bartoli was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Polona Hercog.

Unseeded winners in Monday's first-round action were Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic, Chanelle Scheepers, Daniela Hantuchova and Alexandra Dulgheru.

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