Wozniacki, Kvitova win openers at the Open

Updated: August 27, 2013

Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) – Former world No. 1 Caroline
Wozniacki and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova were a pair of
opening-round winners Tuesday at the 2013 U.S. Open.

The sixth-seeded Dane and 2009 U.S. Open runner-up Wozniacki topped Chinese
Duan Ying-Ying, 6-2, 7-5, while the seventh-seeded Czech slugger Kvitova got
past Japanese fellow left-hander Misaki Doi in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, in 1
hour, 55 minutes on a warm, breezy Day 2 at the USTA Billie Jean King National
Tennis Center.

“In the first round of Grand Slams it’s difficult all the time so you have to
be focused,” Kvitova said. “I didn’t play my game all the match. I didn’t have
focus. I have to have more confidence.”

Kvitova, who captured Wimbledon in 2011, has never made it past the fourth
round in New York. Her second-round opponent on Thursday will be capable Serb
Bojana Jovanovski.

Meanwhile, 10th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist a
year ago, handled Hungarian Timea Babos, 6-4, 6-2, 13th-seeded former world
No. 1 and former French Open champ Ana Ivanovic, also a 2012 quarterfinalist
in Flushing, pasted Georgian Anna Tatishvili, 6-2, 6-0, and 14th-seeded
Russian Maria Kirilenko mauled Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, 6-1, 6-1.

In other action involving seeds, No. 22 Russian Elena Vesnina drilled German
Annika Beck 6-1, 6-1, No. 26 Alize Cornet, of France, downed Portuguese Maria
Joao Koehler 6-3, 6-2, and Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh knocked out No. 31 Czech
Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 6-3.