Benesova, Schnyder book dates with WTA top seeds
Montreal: Czech qualifier Iveta Benesova and Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder progressed to meetings with the top two seeds here after recording first-round triumphs at the two million-dollar WTA Montreal Cup.
Benesova ousted Italy`s Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 to book a second-round date with top seed Jelena Jankovic, who along with seven other top seeds has a first-round bye at the last major hardcourt tuneup event for the US Open.
Schnyder outlasted France`s Virginie Razzano 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 6-3 to book a second-round date against Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki.
US stars Serena and Venus Williams are absent with injuries, with Venus pulling out after being named the third seed, allowing China`s Li Na to receive a bye as a ninth seed.
Li will open with a second-round match against Australian qualifier Jarmila Groth, who eliminated Ukraine`s Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (11/9), 6-2.
Kazakhstan`s Yaroslava Shvedova rallied to oust Germany`s Angelique Kerber 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4, and give herself a second-round match against eighth seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia.