London, England (Sports Network) - Agnieszka Radwanska, Samantha Stosur, Li Na
and Sabine Lisicki were among the early winners Monday on the first day of
play at Wimbledon.
The third-seeded Radwanska earned a 6-3, 6-3 decision over Slovakia's
Magdalena Rybarikova, while Stosur, the fifth seed and reigning U.S. Open
champion, eased past Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-1, 6-3. The 11th-seeded
former French Open champ Li thumped Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan, 6-3, 6-1, and
Lisicki, a semifinalist last year at the All England Club, cruised to a 6-4,
6-2 victory over Croatia's Petra Martic.
Other winners included Japan's Ayumi Morita, Anna Tatashvili of Georgia and
Italy's Camila Giorgi. Morita topped Jarmila Gajdosova, 6-4, 6-3, while
Tatashvili claimed a 6-4, 6-2 win over Tamarine Tanasugarn. Giorgi provided
the first upset of the tournament with a 6-4, 6-3 win over countrymate Flavia
Pennetta, the 16th seed.
Top-seeded Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters are also slated
for action on Monday. Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champ who completed a
career Grand Slam with her triumph at the French Open earlier this month, will
take on Anastasia Rodionova. Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champ who is
unseeded for this year's London fortnight, will meet Russian veteran Elena
Vesnina and Clijsters, also unseeded and playing Wimbledon for the final time,
will face 18th-seeded Jelena Jankovic.
The Sports Network