An early exit at the Sony Open and a postponed humanitarian trip to Haiti left Caroline Wozniacki with a big hole in her schedule - something she was glad to fill with a trip to the Family Circle Cup.
The 2011 Family Circle champion won her sixth straight match here with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 victory over Silvia Soler-Espinosa on Wednesday.
Venus Williams, who won this tournament in 2004, began play with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory over 19-year-old Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.
The second-seeded Wozniacki didn't count on getting ousted from her last event in Key Biscayne, Fla., in the round of 32. Then, boyfriend Rory McIlroy delayed a mission visit this week that she planned to attend so he could tee it up at the Valero Texas Open and prep for the year's upcoming first major championship at the Masters next week.
She entered as a wild-card Saturday, two days before the Family Circle kicked off.
''I was not playing matches and thought I'd basically have four weeks...