Found January 01, 2013 on
World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland swept past former champion Greta Arn 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the ASB Classic.
The 23-year-old Radwanska took just over 70 minutes to overcome Arn, the 2011 champion now ranked 114, who entered the main draw as a lucky loser after being beaten in the last round of qualifying.
Radwanska controlled the match from the baseline, with occasional forays to the net, unsettling Arn with her strong forehand and off-balance backhand.
Arn was the second former champion to lose in the first round after 2012 champ Zheng Jie of China was beaten in straight sets on Monday.
BEST OF MAXIM
Polish world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska advanced easily to the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic women's tennis tournament on Wednesday, beating Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.
Top-seeded Radwanska dropped her opening service game but then clicked into gear, breaking Halep twice to take the first set, then swept through the second set to win the match in just...
Fourth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska beat American Jamie Hampton 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) on Friday to advance to the ASB Tennis Classic final.
The top-seeded Polish star had dropped only 10 games on her way to the semifinals, sweeping her first three matches in straight sets, but was fully taxed by the 71st-ranked Hampton.
''Actually, it was very tough and I was just happy to be...
Auckland, New Zealand
December 31, 2012-January 5, 2013
Results – Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Singles – First Round
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (LL) Greta Arn (HUN) 62 62
(2) Julia Goerges (GER) d. (Q) Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 63 64
Heather Watson (GBR) d. (5) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 63 ret. (viral illness)
(6) Yaroslava Shvedova...