SEOUL, South Korea - Camila Giorgi got her Asian Swing off to a flying start in Seoul, needing just 68 minutes to dispatch wildcard Han Na-Lae, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Korea Open.
Unseeded in Seoul, Giorgi was playing her first match since pushing 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur to three tough sets in the first round of their Flushing face-off. In Han, the big-hitting Italian was up against considerably less experience and took full advantage, winning 86% of her first serve points and converting five of eight break point opportunities to book a second round match with Germany's Mona Barthel.
Barthel has had rough year due to a debilitating illness that kept her off court for weeks at a time. The German nonetheless looked strong against No.7 seed Nicole Gibbs, recovering from a set down to defeat the American, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
No.8 seed Louisa Chirico was the other seed in action as main draw play kicked off on Monday and ended the day with a win over Duan Ying-Ying, 7-5, 6-3. The win was likely extra special for Chirico, who reminded fans of her Korean ancestry on Twitter over the weekend:
Fun Fact: I am 1/2 Korean ??
In doubles, top singles seeds Kirsten Flipkens and Johanna Larsson paired up as the No.2 team seeded team to kickstart their Korean campaign with a wild win over Maria Sakkari and Sara Sorribes Tormo, 6-7(5), 7-5, 10-7.