Number 4 and No 2 seeds win Round 1 encounters in contrasting styles at Flushing Meadows
New York: Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska and Romanian second seed Simona Halep both entered the second round of the US Open albeit in contrasting styles yesterday.
Agnieszka Radwanska serves to Sharon Fichman during their US Open first round clash at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center yesterday. Pic/AFP
While Radwanska took just 47 minutes to hand out a 6-1, 6-0 US Open first round rout to Canada's Sharon Fichman yesterday, Halep survived a scare against unranked amateur Danielle Collins. Radwanska allowed her 112th-ranked opponent just three points in the second set.
The 25-year-old Pole, who has never got beyond the fourth round in New York, goes on to face either Peng Shuai or Zheng Jie, who face-off in an all Chinese duel, for a place in the third round.
Simona Halep returns to Danielle Rose Collins during their singles match yesterday. Pic/AFP
Meanwhile, Halep won 6-7 (2/7), 6-1, 6-2 against the 20-year-old Florida University student and next faces Jana Cepelova of Slovakia for a spot in the third round.
Men (Round 1): Leonardo Mayer (23) bt Albert Montanes 6-2, 3-0 - retired
WOMen (Round 1): Angelique Kerber (6) bt Ksenia Pervak 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, Belinda Bencic bt Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-2, Kurumi Nara (31) bt A Wozniak 6-2, 6-1, Zheng Saisai bt Stefanie Voegele 1-6, 6-2, 6-2