TENNIS / Andujar beats Cilic
Australia’s Samantha Stosur crashed out of the WTA Madrid Open in the first round on Monday, losing 7-6(7), 6-2 to Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro.
Seeded ninth, the 2011 US Open champion held her own in the first set against a player who lost in the final of the Oeiras tournament on Saturday, but her game unravelled after she lost the tie-break.
Top seed Serena Williams moved into the second round on Sunday with a 7-6(5) 6-1 win over Kazakh qualifier Yulia Putintseva.
Putintseva had come through two rounds of qualifying and seemed to handle the warm conditions better early on in an extremely tight first set.
Both women broke each other once and Putintseva managed to save another three break points to force the set into a tie-break.
However, the world No. 88 finally crumbled at 5-4 in the tie-break as she fired long and Williams served out the set before taking control in the second, breaking four times to close out the match.
China’s world No. 5 Li Na, the 2011 French Open champion, was the biggest name to fall on Sunday when she was taken apart by American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-2.
World No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki was the other major name to be eliminated as the former world No. 1 was beaten in straight sets by Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, 6-2, 6-4.
In the ATP Masters, 10th seed Marin Cilic was beaten 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-1 by Spain’s world No. 92 Pablo Andujar.
The results: ATP Masters/WTA Open: Men: First round: Milos Raonic bt Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 7-6(5); Florian Mayer bt Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4; Denis Istomin bt Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-2; Kei Nishikori bt Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2; Fernando Verdasco bt David Goffin 7-6(2), 6-2; Jeremy Chardy bt Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 7-6(3); Gilles Simon bt Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-3; Pablo Andujar bt Marin Cilic 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-1; Radek Stepanek bt Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-2.
Women: Second round: Angelique Kerber bt Alize Cornet; Maria Sharapova bt Alexandra Dulgheru 7-5, 6-2.
First round: Carla Suàrez Navarro bt Samantha Stosur 7-6(7), 6-2; Christina McHale bt Peng Shuai 7-5, 5-7, 6-1; Serena Williams bt Yulia Putintseva 7-6(5), 6-1; Maria Kirilenko bt Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 2-1 (retd.); Yaroslava Shvedova bt Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4; Madison Keys bt Li Na 6-3, 6-2; Maria Teresa Torro bt Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 7-5; Marion Bartoli bt Elena Vesnina 6-3, 3-0 (retd.); Svetlana Kuznetsova bt Zheng Jie 6-2, 6-3; Nadia Petrova bt Camila Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Ana Ivanovic bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-7(10), 6-3, 6-2; Chanelle Scheepers bt Jelena Jankovic 6-7(1), 6-3, 6-3; Petra Kvitova bt Yanina Wickmayer 4-6, 7-5, 6-4;— Agencies