US Open Gallery: WTA Star Power On Day 1
Be it star power or powerful stars, the marquee names of the WTA were on display on Monday.
Published August 28, 2012 12:00
Li Na was one of the first winners on Day 1 of the US Open, making it past Heather Watson, 62 63.
Marion Bartoli had a tougher time but also won in straight sets, defeating Jamie Hampton, 63 76(5).
Maria Sharapova missed the hardcourt lead-up but looked sharp during a 62 62 win over Melinda Czink.
Jarmila Gajdosova fought hard but fell to former World No.3 Nadia Petrova in a close finish, 63 76(3).
Jordin Sparks was the star attraction at the US Open's opening ceremony on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The court at Arthur Ashe Stadium was turned into a giant video screen while fireworks lit up the sky.
Fans around the grounds could watch the action on the outside courts as well as the light show.
Anastasia Rodionova, who battled through the qualies, won her first round match against Julia Cohen.
World No.1 Victoria Azarenka was one of the last winners of the day, beating Alexandra Panova, 60 61.
Victoria Azarenka won the first nine games of the match to lead 60 30 before finally losing serve.