Kuznetsova beats Riske at ASB Classic

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 02, 2012
Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Alison Riske of the United States 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the ASB Classic on Tuesday. Kuznetsova, a former French and US Open winner, was playing her first match since returning from a groin strain she sustained in November. The third-seeded Russian hit eight aces in nine service games to beat the 21-year-old Riske, who is ranked No. 136 in the world, in 75 minutes. Kuznetsova next faces another young American, Christina McHale. Second-seeded Peng Shuai of China dropped a set before beating French qualifier Aravane Rezai 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, while defending champion Greta Arn of Hungary was beaten 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 by fifth-seeded German Julia Goerges.
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