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.