Vika Victorious In Opener
Published April 06, 2010 12:00
MARBELLA, Spain - Seeking her first clay court title on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Victoria Azarenka made a strong first impression on Tuesday, winning her Andalucía Tennis Experience opener in straight sets.
Azarenka, the No.1 seed, went back and forth a little with Yvonne Meusburger early on in the match. Serving at 4-3 she faced a break point that could have seen Meusburger, a lucky loser, get back on serve; but the Belarusian hung on to win the game. It was the first of eight straight games - she won, 63 60.
"The score was easy but the match was not that easy," Azarenka said of the one-hour, 28-minute contest. "Yvonne had a few matches here and was playing well, but I was happy the way I played. My goal for the clay court season is to get my rhythm and get ready for the French Open as much as possible."
Spanish seeds María José Martínez Sánchez, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Carla Suárez Navarro all moved through in straight sets, but the only other seed in action wasn't so lucky: No.6 seed Maria Kirilenko was two points away from victory at 64 65 but lost to Sorana Cirstea, 46 76(2) 64.
Flavia Pennetta and Kim Clijsters, the No.2 and No.3 seeds, play their first rounds Wednesday. Read what Clijsters said to the press in Marbella.