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Radwanska advances in Connecticut

Radwanska advances in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN: Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska overcame a slow start and breezed past Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-1 in the second round of the Connecticut Open on Tuesday night.

Ostapenko had upset four-time New Haven champion Caroline Wozniacki in the first round and had a set point, leading the world No.4 5-4. But Radwanska rallied to hold serve, then broke the 19-year-old from Latvia in the 11th game to take control of the match.

Before that match, the day belonged to the underdogs.

Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium became the fourth lucky loser this week to win a first-round match, beating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.

She may have been the luckiest of them all.

The 30-year-old, who upset Venus Williams at the Olympics, had lost in the second round of qualifying in New Haven. But she was moved into the main draw after Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko withdrew earlier in the day with a right knee injury.

Flipkens dominated the first set over a rusty Bencic, who is coming off a left wrist injury and was playing her second competitive match since Wimbledon.

But the 19-year-old, who had been ranked as high as No. 7 in the world earlier this year, came back and was up 5-2 in the final set. It was a more poised Flipkens who won the next five games as Bencic lost control.

Another lucky loser, Johanna Larsson of Sweden, beat seventh-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-5, 6-2.

Larsson had lost every set in four previous meetings with Bacsinszky, who came in ranked No. 16 in the world.

Olympic doubles champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia became the first players to advance to the third round of the singles competition.

Vesnina was leading Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 1-0 when the 20-year-old Estonian withdrew with a left thigh injury.

Makarova beat qualifier Anatasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-2.

Vesnina will play Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, who won the last match of the day, 6-3, 6-1 over Evgenya Rodina of Russia.


LOS ANGELES: Sam Querrey got off to a successful start here at the ATP Winston-Salem tournament by reaching the third round with a 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

“It’s been a solid year so far,” said American Querrey, who fired 24 aces in Tuesday’s match.

“I don’t feel a ton of pressure. I’m just trying to feel good, just trying to play some good matches. The fans are great here. They’re really supportive. They get behind the Americans, so that was nice.”

Querrey won 86 per cent of his first-serve points and saved nine of 10 break points. He next plays Viktor Troicki of Serbia, who defeated Kyle Edmund of Great Britain 6-3, 7-5.

Second seed Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Bautista Agut, who has won two hard-court tournaments this year, next faces number 14 seed Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, who eliminated American Donald Young 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Third-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay had an easier time in getting past Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 7-5, 6-1. Cuevas’ next opponent will be 16th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, who eliminated Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-5.

France’s Gilles Simon was upset in his opening match for the second year in a row. He lost to Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 7-6 (2), 6-1.

Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2016

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