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Auckland | Wozniacki romps through opener

Auckland | Wozniacki romps through opener
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Caroline Wozniacki, the top seed at the ASB Classic in Auckland, breezed past he first opponent to get her 2018 season off to a flying start.

The Dane, ranked three in the world, blasted her past American Madsion Brengle 6-3 6-0 after being granted a first round bye.

There were ups and downs along the way. I think I took a step backwards in the second set and I lost too many games in a row, and she stepped in and played really good tennis.

I did very well in important moments in the third set.

Agnieszka Radwanska

She required just 58-minutes to romp through to the third round, delivering four aces as she reached the levels which saw her pick up the season-ending WTA Tour Championships title in Singapore.

Her main rival is the fourth seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, a former Wimbledon finalist and currently ranked 28, who struggled to reach her place in round three. The Pole was forced into three sets by the Brazilian 21-year-old Beatriz Haddad Maia, ranked 71, but she eventually survived a second set crisis and a third set early loss of serve, to go through 6-2 4-6 6-2.

“There were ups and downs along the way,” Radwanska admitted later.”I think I took a step backwards in the second set and I lost too many games in a row, and she stepped in and played really good tennis.

“I did very well in important moments in the third set.”

Radwanska’s near-miss follows the demolition of defending Classic champion Lauren Davis, who was dumped from this year’s event on Tuesday afternoon.

Davis, renowned for her tenacity and energy, was humiliated 6-1 6-2 by unheralded American compatriot Sachia Vickery.

The 24-year-old lashed out in frustration on several occasions.

“Coming through qualifiers, maybe I had a slight advantage because I’d already played a few matches and this is her first,” the 22-year-old Vickery said.

Italian ex-French Open finalist Sara Errani, meanwhile, put up a solid fight but eventually fell to Czech third seed Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-7(3) 6-4.








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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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