Reported by SportsNetwork.com – Australian Open champion Li Na and former Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska highlighted Monday’s first- round winners at the $4.2 million Madrid Open.
The second-seeded Chinese stalwart Li topped Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 7-6 (9-7), while the third-seeded Polish star Radwanska handled Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 on the red clay at the Magic Box.
In other action involving top-10 seeds, No. 4 Romanian Simona Halep grounded German qualifier Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-0 and former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur upset No. 9 Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-0. Cibulkova was January’s Aussie Open runner-up to Li.
Meanwhile, 13th-seeded former world No. 1 Danish star Caroline Wozniacki routed Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 and 15th-seeded 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki of Germany outlasted Czech qualifier Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.
Also on Day 3, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova snuck past wild card and recent Marrakech champion Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, of Spain, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, Romanian wild card Irina-Camelia Begu got past Chinese Zhang Shuai 6-4, 7-5, and last week’s Portugal Open runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova edged out France’s Alize Cornet 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.