BRUSSELS, Belgium - Agnieszka Radwanska made an impressive start to her campaign at the Brussels Open on Wednesday, needing just 56 minutes to win her opening match and move into her 10th quarterfinal of the year.
The No.1-seeded Radwanska put on a masterclass against Lesia Tsurenko, allowing the Ukrainian lucky loser just one game in the match - and even holding game point in that one - to prevail, 61 60. It was the World No.3's 33rd match win of the season, second only to World No.1 Victoria Azarenka's 35.
"It was a very good match for me. Everything was working," Radwanska said. "It's always tough to play your first round so I'm very happy I had a quick one.
"To reach my 10th quarterfinal of the year is just great. I'm also very happy to get some good results and practice on clay courts right before a Grand Slam."
Radwanska's younger sister, Urszula, was to square off with No.2 seed Marion Bartoli later in the day. "Of course I'm going to watch," she said. "I hope she plays the same great tennis she played against Varvara in the first round. It's going to be a tough one, Marion's playing very well, but so is she. We'll see."
And the younger Radwanska pulled it off - having already won two qualifying rounds and her first round match against Varvara Lepchenko, Urszula Radwanska stunned Bartoli on center court, 64 62, breaking serve six times in nine return games. Her win over the World No.8 was her third career Top 10 win, her first two coming in 2009 (against her sister and Svetlana Kuznetsova).
"Of course Marion is a great player, but I was just focusing on my game," Radwanska said. "The crowd was really good to me today, it felt like I was at home. The courts are really nice and things have been going well for me.
"I will just keep trying my best in my next match."
The sisters are on opposite ends of the draw so would not play until the final.
Other seeds in action were No.8 seed Kaia Kanepi, who rolled past Serbian lucky loser Bojana Jovanovski, 62 62; No.10 seed Nadia Petrova, who fell to Tsvetana Pironkova, 63 62; and No.4 seed Dominika Cibulkova, who rallied from 4-1 down in the second set to beat Yanina Wickmayer, 63 64.
Simona Halep, Sofia Arvidsson and Belgian wildcard Alison Van Uytvanck also moved into the quarterfinals. Arvidsson won when qualifier and good friend Arantxa Rus had to retire down 62 31 due to a low back injury. "We are very good friends and it was strange to play her," Arvidsson said. "Unfortunately she had to retire from the match, but I hope she'll recover and be okay soon."