Aleks Wins In Charleston
Published April 12, 2010 12:00
CHARLESTON, SC, USA - The first round of the Family Circle Cup kicked off on Monday and for the two seeded players in action it was a successful day, as Alona Bondarenko and Aleksandra Wozniak both moved through to the second round of the Premier-level tournament in straight sets.
Canadian No.1 Wozniak, the No.12 seed, won the first set routinely but had to battle hard to close Lilia Osterloh out, saving eight set points before winning, 63 76(9). Wozniak saved two set points serving 5-6 in the second set and six more in the tie-break - including three at 3-6 - en route to the win.
Wozniak will take the green clay of the Family Circle Tennis Center again on Tuesday for her second round match against qualifier Catalina Castaño.
Ukrainian No.1 Bondarenko, the No.9 seed here, was the other seed to take the court on Day 1 of main draw play, beating American Julie Ditty, 64 62. Apart from two lengthy holds of serve in the first set it was a quick match, as Bondarenko cruised past the left-handed veteran in an hour and five minutes.
Other first round winners were Magdalena Rybarikova, Angelique Kerber, Sofia Arvidsson, Ayumi Morita, Chang Kai-Chen, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Rossana de los Ríos, Evgeniya Rodina, Edina Gallovits and qualifiers Sophie Ferguson and Christina McHale. American McHale rallied from 63 52 down to beat Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva in a see-saw, 36 76(4) 63.
The first round continues and the second round begins on Tuesday, with Jelena Jankovic the highest seed in action (the No.2-seeded Serb won here in 2007).