Wozniacki Wins Opener, Sevastova & Dokic Out
Published June 07, 2011 12:00
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki made a winning start to her e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open campaign Tuesday night, cruising through a somewhat bizarre first set then edging American Irina Falconi in a closer second set to make the second round of her home event, 62 63.
Every game in the first set was won at love - the two both held at love through 2-all, then Wozniacki won 16 points in a row to take the first set in 18 minutes. The 48-minute second set was far more competitive as Falconi built a 2-0 lead but Wozniacki won six of the next seven games to wrap up her opener.
"I don't think it was my best performance but I'm happy I'm through to the next round," Wozniacki declared. "It's always difficult to play your first match of a tournament but it was nice having so many people out there supporting me."
Wozniacki is hoping to rebound from an early defeat at Roland Garros. "Hardcourts suit my game much better. I'm happy to be back on the ground where I don't have to slide too much! I felt comfortable in my match today."
Wozniacki's friend and doubles partner, Malou Ejdesgaard, came out on fire in her match with Bethanie Mattek-Sands, racing out to a 3-0 lead; but the No.3-seeded Mattek-Sands won 12 of the next 13 games for a 64 60 victory.
"This court's a lot different from the one I've practiced on here - that one's really dark and when you come onto this one you feel like you're in a spotlight," Mattek-Sands said. "I made a few mistakes at the beginning but after that worked in a couple serve and volleys and picked on her weaknesses a bit."
No.4 seed Lucie Safarova also won but it wasn't easy as she fought back from 64 31 down to beat Australian qualifier Johanna Konta. "I had difficulty with my timing today and she won three matches in the qualies, so I knew it would be tough," Safarova said. "I felt I was slowly improving through the match though."
No.5 seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova was one of the first winners of the day, routing Sofia Arvidsson, 62 61. "For a couple of weeks I wasn't playing so well, so I'm very happy to win today," the feisty Czech player said. "The surface fits my game - it's not too fast or too slow, and I really like it here."
The other two seeds in action weren't as fortunate. No.6 seed Anastasija Sevastova was up a set and 4-1 but fell to Simona Halep, 67(5) 76(4) 60, while No.7 seed Jelena Dokic lost to Galina Voskoboeva, 63 61. Johanna Larsson, Angelique Kerber, Zhang Shuai, Michaella Krajicek and Mona Barthel also won as the first round wrapped up at the International event.