Meanwhile, Czech Petra Kvitova kick-started her title defence at the Madrid Masters yesterday with a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic.
Serena Williams started out with a victory over Russian Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-1. Elsewhere, Andrea Hlavackova beat Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 6-4 while Lucie Hradecka defeated Peng Shuai 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
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