Dubai: Australian Samantha Stosur was the last of the seeds to find her way into the second round along with former champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open on Tuesday.
Stosur took 75 minutes to dispose of Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-3, 6-1 in the last first round match after 2011 Dubai champion and former world number one Wozniacki had sealed her place with an equally emphatic 6-2, 6-2 win over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.
Fifth seed Sara Errani of Italy and sixth seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic had made the next stage in contrasting styles earlier during the day.
Errani was pushed in the corner before winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 against Germany’s Julia Goerges, while Kvitova powered her way to an easy 6-2, 6-1 win over Slovakian qualifier Daniela Hantuchova.
Slipping to No.10 in the WTA Rankings this week, Wozniacki was in control throughout during the 60 minutes spent on court against an erratic opponent. Though not perfect in the construction of her points, the Dane did well to mix up her game.
A couple of breaks early were enough for her to take the opening set 6-2 in exactly half an hour. Wozniacki maintained her hold in the second as well and she signed off in style with Safarova hitting a forehand long to hand the Dane a second career win against the Czech after four meetings.
Wozniacki now meets qualifier Jie Zheng after the Chinese defeated Urszula Radwanska, younger sister of defending champion Agnieszka in three sets. “I didn’t feel well on the court at all today. I was just making way too many mistakes, and I could not get into the rhythm,” Safarova said afterwards.
Roberta Vinci became the second Italian to make it through to the next stage when she tamed qualifier and former two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2. Vinci will now meet fourth seed Angelique Kerber in the second round on Wednesday.
Kuznetsova, once a losing finalist in Dubai, had to go through the qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday. “It can get tough to go through qualifying for someone like me. I played three matches in Doha and then had a completely different schedule in qualifying here as I had to play in the mornings. That’s kind of tough, but there is hardly anything I can do about it. I think I am happy with where I am at this moment,” Kuznetsova said.
Wednesday’s second round matches will start at 2 pm on centre court with Yulia Putintseva taking on defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.
Sara Errani bt Julia Goerges 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Nadia Petrova bt Dominika Cibulkova 5-7, 6-3, 6-2; Petra Kvitova bt Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-1; Caroline Wozniacki bt Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-2; Jie Zheng bt Urszula Radwanska 6-2, 2-6, 7-5; Roberta Vinci bt Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-2; Samantha Stosur bt Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1.
Cara Black/Anastasia Rodionova bt Raquel Kops-Jones/Abigail Spears 6-2, 6-4; Darija Jurak/Katalin Marosi bt Vera Dushevina/Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 6-4, 10-7; Nuria Llagostera Vives/Jie Zheng bt Daniela Hantuchova/Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-0, 6-3.
Wednesday’s Order of Play:
Centre Court (Start at 2pm): Yulia Putintseva vs Agnieszka Radwanska; Angelique Kerber vs Roberta Vinci; (Start at 7 pm) Marion Bartoli vs Serena Williams; Sorana Cirstea vs Sara Errani.
Court 1 (Start at 2pm): Carla Suarez Navvaro vs Nadia Petrova; Caroline Wozniacki vs Jie Zheng; Petra Kvitova vs Ana Ivanovic; Fatma Al Nabhani/Alicja Rosolska vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova/Lucie Safarova.
Court 3 (Start at 3.30pm): Su-Wei Hsieh vs Samantha Stosur; Anna-Lena Groennefeld/Kveta Peschke vs Nadia Petrova/Katarina Srebotnik; Su-Wei Hsieh/Liezel Huber vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Sania Mirza.