Wozniacki In, Kvitova Out In Sydney
Published January 06, 2013 12:00
SYDNEY, Australia - Two seeds were in action on Day 1 of the Apia International Sydney on Sunday, but while one of those two seeds cruised, the other was sent home - and quite abruptly, too.
Watch live action from Sydney all week on WTA Live powered by TennisTV!No.7 seed Caroline Wozniacki was the one who cruised, winning nine games in a row at one point and closing out good friend Urszula Radwanska in straight sets in an hour and 14 minutes, 62 61.
"It was quite hot out there - especially towards the end of the second set you could really feel the heat," Wozniacki said in her press conference. "It wasn't the best conditions out there but we both tried our best and both tried to grind it out. Urszula is a close friend of mine - we know each other so well and practice together all the time - so I'm happy to make it through and get my first win of the season."
Shortly afterwards No.5 seed Petra Kvitova became the fallen one, suffering a shockingly lopsided 61 61 defeat in just 64 minutes to Dominika Cibulkova, her first loss in what was their fifth career meeting.
Kvitova was asked afterwards what went wrong. "Everything," she said. "I played very badly."
The qualifying also wrapped up, with some star power making it into the main draw - former Top 5 players Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kimiko Date-Krumm. The other four players making it out of the qualies were Ayumi Morita, Galina Voskoboeva, Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys.
The doubles started as well and among the winners was the world's No.1 team, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, who beat Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova, 62 61. Afterwards, Errani - who is the No.3 seed in singles at the Premier-level event, too - spoke to the press at All-Access Hour, getting asked, among other things, about how she hopes to do this year after such a breakthrough 2012 season.
"I had an amazing year last year and did many things, so of course it will be a tough year this year," Errani commented. "Maybe last year the other players didn't really know me so much, but now they do and they will go on the court 100% focused against me. But I'm ready. I did a good winter preparation. You have to work a lot to stay at the top level. I feel I can do well again this year."
The Italian was also asked about Serena Williams, who won the other Premier-level lead-up event in Brisbane and goes into Melbourne as a big, big threat. "I think she's above everybody," Errani said. "She's such a strong player and she doesn't just say she's good, she goes on the court and shows it.