Wozniacki Wins Opener
by Dana Hatic|
World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won her first match of the Sony Ericsson Open, defeating Bethanie Mattek-Sands on stadium court. Wozniacki won eight break points to prevail over the American, 6-2, 7-5. In the second set, Mattek-Sands converted her second break point chance to stay in the match, evening the set at five all. Her aggressive playing style challenged Wozniacki, who comes to Miami off a big win at Indian Wells.
“Bethanie is a tough player to play. You never know what to expect from her, and she’s going for her shots no matter where she’s standing on the court and it’s difficult to get the rhythm,” said Wozniacki. Her form today relied less on long rallies and more on quick points, well fought for.
“I was just trying to play my first shots, two shots deep, and try not to make her attack too much. But it was pretty tough,” Wozniacki said, because “she just went for it.”
The pair last competed in Rome in 2009, where Wozniacki won in a similar match, 6-1, 7-5. “She’ll never give up, never give any free points,” said Mattek-Sands. “You have to earn everything. You have to be really mentally focused to play her.”
Wozniacki has a day of rest before she faces her good friend, Daniela Hantuchova, in the third round.
Among the winners in the afternoon, Iveta Benesova upset No. 13 Flavia Pennetta in a dominant performance, and advances with a 6-3, 6-0 win over the Italian. Sabine Lisicki also advanced over Nadia Petrova, who retired in the third set.
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