SEOUL, South Korea - Top seed and defending champion Irina-Camelia Begu made a confident start to the Korea Open, swatting aside wildcard Jang Su Jeong in little over an hour.
Breaks in the opening game of both sets sent Begu on her way to a 6-2, 6-1 victory and a second-round meeting with Jana Cepelova.
Begu endured an anticlimactic end to the summer, failing to win a match in her four outings after lifting the title in Florianopolis. This run culminated in a straight set loss to Lesia Tsurenko at the US Open, but against Jang she looked back on form, breaking serve seven times to notch her 24th win of the campaign.
The draw's five other seeds in action on Tuesday were also victorious, albeit not all in such straightforward fashion. No.2 seed Johanna Larsson recovered from a disastrous start to see off Grace Min, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2, while Kirsten Flipkens, the No.6 seed was forced to delve into her bag of tricks to defuse Kristyna Pliskova, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Happy with the win today in a 3 set battle. Played an unbelievable shot at 57 10 15-15.. Can someone help me try to find this please? #trick
No.3 seed Zhang Shuai defeated Maria Sakkari, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, No.4 seed Kristina Mladenovic ended the run of qualifier Luksika Kumkhum, 6-2, 7-5, and Monica Niculescu, the No.5 seed, eased past another qualifier, Eri Hozumi, 6-3, 6-0.