Istanbul Gallery: Stepping Out
The Top 3 seeds were all in action at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul on Tuesday. Which one of them is pictured here? See all the best pics from Day 1 of the season finale!
Published October 22, 2013 12:00
Victoria Azarenka hit the practice courts hard on Tuesday, all in preparation for the first match.
Azarenka did some shadow swings as she got ready to take on Sara Errani in the first match of the day.
Azarenka had beaten Errani in straight sets in their last five meetings - but that was in jeopardy.
Errani raced out to a 5-2 lead in the first set, grinding out some extremely long games early on.
But Azarenka figured out a way out of it, eventually sneaking the first set out in all of 88 minutes.
Azarenka would eventually beat Errani, 76(4) 62. Errani is now 0-20 lifetime against Top 3 players.
The second round robin match followed right after, pitting Serena Williams against Angelique Kerber.
It was nowhere near the battle though - Williams shut the door on Kerber in 64 minutes, 63 61.
Kerber has had a win over a World No.3 before but is now 0-9 in her career against Top 2 players.
All three of the Top 3 seeds were in action on Day 1, with No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska up at night.
She had beaten Petra Kvitova on Day 1 of the round robin here a year ago - but it was not to be again.
Kvitova had never lost to Radwanska other than that time and was too good again this time, 64 64.