(January 8, 2013) Former US Open and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who had to qualify to play the Apia International Sydney, defeated former tennis No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-2 in extreme heat conditions.
“I think it shows how good the tennis is right now, how players have to be fit to be able to play in the hot conditions, in the windy conditions, in anything. We’re like iron woman almost,” said Kuznetsovaof her win.
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland extended her unbeaten start to the season to six matches with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm on Tuesday. Radwanska, who won last week’s WTA event in Auckland, New Zealand, had to deal with temperatures topping 100 degrees at Olympic Park.
“This is too hot to play tennis,” Radwanska said. “Even for players, for ball kids, for the people sitting out there, it’s just too hot.”
“The first main thing is just to stay calm and trying to survive.”
The Sydney tournament has an “Extreme Heat Policy” but it only comes into effect at the discretion of the tournament referee. Tennis officials apply a complex formula to such decisions, factoring in heat, humidity and wind to determine when on-court conditions become too stressful for players.
World No.7 Li Na destroyed Japanese qualifier Ayumi Morita 6-1, 6-0 in 52 minutes extending her perfect start to 2013.
Li will face American qualifier Madison Keys after she beat Zheng Jie of China 6-0, 6-4. Zheng. Zheng came just off a long battle with Sam Stosur the day before.
In the battle of Australians, Bernard Tomic moved into the second round of Sydney with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Marinko Matosevic in one hour 13 minutes Tuesday evening.
“Every player I play now I want to beat and give myself the best opportunity and chance to win,” said Tomic.
“Every match I go in now I believe I can win and I’m going to stay in there the whole match and fight for every point. That’s when I’m going to be the best and most satisfied with myself.”
Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland extended her unbeaten start to the season to six
In other women’s matches, third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy and fourth-seeded Li Na of China easily advanced to the quarterfinals. Errani beat Russia’s Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-1, while Li, who was pushed to two sets in beating American Christina McHale in the first round Monday, dominated Ayumi Morita of Japan 6-1, 6-0.
RESULTS – TUESDAY, 8 JANUARY, 2013
Singles – First Round
 R Stepanek (CZE) d [Q] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 63
F Lopez (ESP) d  J Chardy (FRA) 67(2) 75 63
[Q] R Harrison (USA) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 21 ret. (lower abdominal pain)
K Anderson (RSA) d A Bedene (SLO) 63 36 63
F Fognini (ITA) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 63 61
[WC] J Millman (AUS) d [PR] T Robredo (ESP) 63 64
B Tomic (AUS) d M Matosevic (AUS) 63 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d [Q] B Phau (GER) 60 61
Doubles – First Round
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Cabal (COL) / M Matkowski (POL) 64 57 11-9 – saved 2 M.P.
 L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 64 46 10-5
 M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d R Bopanna (IND) / M Melo (BRA) 64 62
 M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d C Kas (GER) / A Seppi (ITA) 61 64
J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 76(3) 63
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 67(3) 63 10-5
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 9 JANUARY, 2013
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 12:00 noon
 A Radwanska (POL) vs R Vinci (ITA) – WTA
J Nieminen (FIN) vs  G Simon (FRA) – ATP
 F Mayer (GER) vs B Tomic (AUS) – ATP
Not Before 7:30 PM
 N Li (CHN) vs [Q] M Keys (USA) – WTA
[Q] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs  A Kerber (GER) – WTA
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
 F Verdasco (ESP) vs D Istomin (UZB) – ATP
D Cibulkova (SVK) vs  S Errani (ITA) – WTA
 J Isner (USA) vs [Q] R Harrison (USA) – ATP
[WC] J Millman (AUS) vs  A Seppi (ITA) – ATP
N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs  L Huber (USA) / S Mirza (IND) – WTA
COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
 M Granollers (ESP) vs F Fognini (ITA) – ATP
After suitable rest
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs  L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP
After suitable rest
 M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) – ATP
COURT 6 start 11:00 am
J Benneteau (FRA) vs  R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP
K Anderson (RSA) vs F Lopez (ESP) – ATP
After suitable rest
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) – ATP
A Panova (RUS) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs  A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) – WTA
COURT 7 start 2:00 PM
TBA – Not before 2.00pm
 S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / J Zheng (CHN) or A Groenefeld (GER) / K Peschke (CZE) – WTA
M Bhupathi (IND) / D Nestor (CAN) vs [WC] M Ebden (AUS) / M Matosevic (AUS) – ATP