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Radwanska Cruises Through Opener

Agnieszka Radwanska, the Sony Open Tennis champion in 2012, made a winning beginning to her 2014 campaign at the Premier Mandatory-level event on Friday.

Published March 21, 2014 12:15

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MIAMI, FL, USA - Things didn't look so great for her a few days ago - clearly hampered by a knee injury, she fell quietly to Flavia Pennetta in straight sets in the Indian Wells final - but Agnieszka Radwanska made a winning return to action on Friday afternoon at the Sony Open Tennis.

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The No.3-seeded Radwanska came out like a house on fire - she won the first set at love in just 22 minutes - before going on to beat Romina Oprandi in straight sets, 60 64, in an hour and 14 minutes.

"First of all, I started very well," Radwanska said. "She started to play much better in the second set and we had a lot of breaks and long games - it was tricky, and I was getting a bit nervous.

"But I was happy I could finish this match in two sets today."

Radwanska talked afterwards about the aforementioned knee injury from the week before.

"I feel much better now, obviously," she said. "It's not perfect yet, but I think those few days I had of rest in between Indian Wells and Miami really helped me. Tomorrow I'll just have a light hit and lots of treatment and ice, and we'll see how it goes for my next match, which will be on Sunday."

Radwanska has now won 17 of her last 20 matches here. She has made the quarterfinals or better the last four years - quarterfinal finishes in 2010 (falling to Venus Williams) and 2011 (falling to Vera Zvonareva), winning it in 2012, and a semifinal finish last year (falling to Serena Williams).

Next up for Radwanska is No.32 seed Elena Vesnina, who beat Alison Riske in 61 minutes, 62 62.

Radwanska leads Vesnina in their head-to-head series, 4-1, losing their first meeting (a three-setter at Rome back in 2011) but winning their last four encounters in a row, all in straight sets as well.

"The last time we played I played very well, but that doesn't mean it'll be easy here," Radwanska said. "Elena is a very good player in singles and doubles, and she's playing very well right now too.

"I'll have to play my best in that one."

Other second round winners later on in the day were No.11 seed Caroline Wozniacki, No.15 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, No.17 seed Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Australian wildcard Casey Dellacqua. Keys pulled off an upset, making it past No.31 seed Daniela Hantuchova, 64 62.

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