Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova first into the third round of Tokyo, Roberta Vinci out


Thirteen first-round matches were played at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Monday and the second-round action was launched with three matches. One of the second-rounders was between Roberta Vinci and Lucie Safarova and the eighth-seeded Vinci fell in straight sets 7-5 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes. The two of them had met five times before, their previous meeting being the second round of the US Open where Roberta managed to defeat Lucie in a three-setter 4-6 6-1 6-2, while now their head-to-head record is 4-2 for the Italian.

The other two matches in the second round featured seed No.7 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, who eliminated Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-5 6-4, and seed No.5 Angelique Kerber, who dominated Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor with a bagel and breadstick in just 54 minutes, 6-0 6-1.

Meanwhile the first round was finished and one of the first matches played today was between the eleventh seed Ana Ivanovic and Annika Beck. Ivanovic eliminated Beck in just 50 minutes. Ana lost the first game in each set, but afterwards won six straight games in each set to finish 6-1 6-1.

In the other matches of the first round, Madison Keys, ranked 43rd, ousted seed No.10 Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7 7-5 6-2, seed No.13 Simona Halep had a retirement victory over Anastasia PavlyuchenkovaFlavia Pennetta defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3, Magdalena Rybarikova threw out Hsieh Su-Wei 6-2 5-7 6-0, Alexandra Wozniak of Canada, ranked 376th, upset Francesca Schiavone, ranked 47th, in a three setter lasting one hour and 41 minutes 2-6 6-4 6-2, while her compatriot Eugenie Bouchard eliminated Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in just 55 minutes, 6-0 6-4. Moreover, the new mom Casey Dellacqua beat Kristina Mladenovic 7-5 6-1 and Andrea Petkovic battled past Elena Vesnina 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4.

Also three players had home court advantage: Kimiko Date-Krumm, Ayumi Morita and Risa Ozaki. Japan’s No.1 Kimiko Date-Krumm passed into the second round after Anastasia Rodionova of Australia retired in the second set, Ayumi Morita defeated Britain’s Laura Robson in one hour and 26 minutes, 7-6(4) 6-3, while Risa Ozaki was thrown out by Peng Shuai of China in straight sets 6-2 6-1.(photo: © Neal Trousdale)


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