Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams restore order to Auckland classic

Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams cruised through to the second round of the WTA Auckland Classic Tuesday to restore a semblance of order as other seeds crashed around them.

AFP| Updated: Jan 06, 2015, 16:02 PM IST
Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams restore order to Auckland classic

Auckland: Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams cruised through to the second round of the WTA Auckland Classic Tuesday to restore a semblance of order as other seeds crashed around them.

Wozniacki, the tournament top seed, expended minimal energy downing Israeli qualifier Julia Glushko 6-3,6-2 while Williams dropped only one game despatching Slovakia`s Jana Cepelova 6-1, 6-0.

But Svetlana Kuznetsova, the fifth seed, became the third ranked player to make an early exit joining first day losers Sara Errani of Italy and Germany`s Mona Barthel the second and eighth seeds.

Wozniacki made few unforced errors as she cruised past Glushko in 69 minutes with a 75 percent first serve success rate to set up a second round meeting with American wildcard Taylor Townsend.

Williams was even more impressive blasting 10 aces to dispose of Cepelova in a one-way contest.

The veteran had too much power and pace and declared herself satisfied even though it was not much of a contest.

"Absolutely, because usually when you win a match more easily it means you`re doing everything right," she said.

Former world number two Kuznetsova fell to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in a three-set marathon 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-4.

Polish qualifier Urzula Radwanska also produced an upset with a 6-4 7-5 win over 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone from Italy.

Radwanksa was 5-0 up in the first set before Schiavone gained a feel for the pace of the game and although she became more formidable in the second set Radwanksa took the match on her second match point.