Sabine Lisicki cruises into Round 2

Updated: Jan 03, 2014, 00:00 IST | AFP

Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki cruised into the second round of the Brisbane International with a straight-sets win over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova

Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki cruised into the second round of the Brisbane International with a straight-sets win over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.

Lisicki had no trouble with the Slovakian or the 42 degrees Celsius heat on Pat Rafter Arena, winning 6-3, 6-4 in 89 minutes.

Lisicki was never in any trouble against Rybarikova and now meets Swiss player Stefanie Voegele in the second round.

Voegele progressed when she beat American Madison Keys 6-4, 6-3.

Meanwhile, Japan’s evergreen 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm defeated wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5, while Elina Svitolina beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-3. — 

Injured Wozniacki forced to pull out

Caroline Wozniacki yesterday withdrew from the Brisbane International tennis tournament due to a shoulder injury.

The former World No 1 hurt her shoulder during training and decided to pull out of Brisbane to avoid the risk of further damage.

Wozniacki said she was confident she would be able to play in Sydney next week.

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