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Five of the top six seeds booked their spots in the second round of the E-Boks Open being played in Copenhagen, Denmark on Tuesday. Former World No.1 and two-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki led the way as she overcame Ursula Radwanska in a testing opener, while Angelique Kerber and Monica Niculescu also prevailed in their opening round matches.
Wozniacki, who chose to miss the Family Circle Cup last week amid some controversy over the scheduling, looked a bit rusty as she went down a break in the first set before rallying to force a tiebreaker which she duly won. The second set saw a return to normal service and the Dane broke three times to record a solid 7-6(4), 6-2 win. Wozniacki will next play Pauline Parmentier of France for a place in the quarterfinals.
None of the other seeds had much of a problem as they all recorded straight set first round wins. Monica Niculescu got the ball rolling with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph against Valeria Savinykh of Russia, while Kaia Kanepi and Mona Barthel got the better of Anastasia Rodionova and Johanna Larsson respectively. However, in the last match of the day, an upset was narrowly avoided as second seed Angelique Kerber overcame a battling Stephanie Foretz Gacon 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the second round.
Wednesday sees No.3 seed Jelena Jankovic take to court as she plays against promising youngster and former Wimbledon junior champion Laura Robson, while 5th and 6th seeds Kaia Kanepi and Mona Barthel (respectively) will also be seen in second-round action.
Singles - First Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 76(4) 62
(2) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. StÃ©phanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) 46 62 75
(4) Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Valeria Savinykh (RUS) 62 62
(5) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 63 64
(6) Mona Barthel (GER) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 64
(Q) Johanna Konta (AUS) d. (7) Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 63 10 ret. (illness)
Petra Martic (CRO) d. (Q) Annika Beck (GER) 64 64
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. (Q) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 75 61
Anne Keothavong (GBR) d. (Q) Melinda Czink (HUN) 46 62 63
AlizÃ© Cornet (FRA) d. (WC) Malou Ejdesgaard (DEN) 60 60
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