December 18, 2014
Tennis — Australian open seriesTuesday, January 7, 2014
Wozniacki, Kerber advance in Sydney
Zeballos wins in Auckland
Caroline Wozniacki opened her 2014 season with a 3-6 6-2 6-4 win over Julia Goerges of Germany at the Sydney International. Paula Ormaechea was eliminated while Horacio Zeballos advanced in Auckland.
SYDNEY — Only days after her New Year’s Eve engagement to golfer Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki opened her 2014 season yesterday with a 3-6 6-2 6-4 win over Julia Goerges of Germany in the first round of the Sydney International.
Wozniacki withdrew from the Brisbane International last week after hurting her right shoulder in practice and struggled early against Goerges, who was replacing the injured Sloane Stephens in the draw.
Argentine Paula Ormaechea lost to Spaniard Carla Suárez Navarro 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2
Another former No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, lost 6-4 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the first round.
Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 to move into the second round at the Sydney International, one of the last warm-up tournaments for the Australian Open.
Kerber will next play Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who beat US qualifier Victoria Duval 6-1 6-3.
Argentine Carlos Berlocq will play his first round match today against Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine. Top-seeded Juan Martín del Potro, who has a first-round bye, will know his rival today after the match between Frenchman Nicolas Mahut and Ryan Harrison of the US.
The Hobart International had another injury setback yesterday when fifth-seeded Flavia Pennetta withdrew citing a wrist injury, a day after Venus Williams pulled out following her run to the final at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.
Top-seeded Samantha Stosur needed five match points before beating US qualifier Madison Brengle of the United States 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 7-6 (7-5) in a match interrupted twice by rain, eighth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia had a 7-5 6-3 win over Annika Beck of Germany, and Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium advanced when Laura Robson retired in the second set. Robson won the first set 6-4, but was down a break at 2-0 when she retired in the second.
In other first-round matches in Hobart, Spanish qualifier Estrella Cabeza Candela beat Karin Knapp of Italy 7-5 6-4, Australian wild-card entry Casey Dellacqua beat Belgian qualifier Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4 6-4 and Zhang Shuai had a 6-3, 6-1 win in an all-Chinese match against Zheng Jie.
In Auckland, 21-year-old Jack Sock of the US, ranked 100, advanced to the second round of the ATP’s Heineken Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino of France.
Argentine Horacio Zeballos beat Italian Filippo Volandri 6-0 7-6 (7-1) in one hour and 21 minutes. The Mar del Plata born player will next meet the German Philipp Kohlschreiber or Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta. Fellow countryman Federico Delbonis will play his opener today against US qualifier Donald Young.