SYDNEY, Australia - Agnieszka Radwanska turned the tables on Alizé Cornet at the Apia International Sydney on Monday evening, avenging a loss in their last meeting - as well as a loss at last week's Hopman Cup exhibition event - in straight sets. Some of the other seeds didn't make the cut, though.
In their last WTA-level meeting, Cornet beat Radwanska in the semifinals of her home event in Katowice last April. And just last week Cornet beat Radwanska again during round robin play at the Hopman Cup exhibition event, Radwanska's only loss of the week - she led Poland to the title.
But this time the No.3-seeded Radwanska was all over Cornet, getting pushed to a number of close games but almost always coming out on top of those en route to a routine 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Makarova faced a set point down 6-5 first set in her match against WTA Rising Star Svitolina.
"I'm feeling pretty happy about winning my first match of the year," Makarova said. "Elina is in great shape these days and had a great result last week in Brisbane, and it was especially tough in the first set with the conditions. We were both really fighting out there. It was a really tough match."
It was Makarova's first match since breaking the Top 10 for the first time a week ago.
"I don't know, I pretty much feel the same as I did last year," the Russian said. "Of course in my mind I start to think about it a little bit, and it's exciting because when I was a kid I always wanted to be in the Top 10. It was a dream, and now one of my dreams has finally come true. It's very exciting."
What's Makarova's next goal? "Well, I was in the semifinals of the US Open, so I want to play my best tennis and stay healthy, and I hope I can do one more step forward from that," she said.
There were some surprises, though, with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova advancing past No.4 seed Caroline Wozniacki when the Dane had to retire down 6-4, 1-1 due to a left wrist injury, and Bulgarian qualifier and 2014 champion Tsvetana Pironkova beating No.8 seed Flavia Pennetta, 6-3, 7-6(4).
Other winners were Carla Suárez Navarro, Samantha Stosur, Peng Shuai, Karolina Pliskova, Garbiñe Muguruza and Jarmila Gajdosova. Stosur had the longest battle of the day, needing three hours and seven minutes to edge Lucie Safarova, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3, but Peng may have had the most dramatic victory of the day, rallying from 6-1, 4-1 down to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 1-6, 7-6(1), 6-4.
Hello from Australia!! It was a tough match today but really glad to start the season with the win:))
? Kate Makarova (@katemakarova1) January 12, 2015