Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and rising Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka all progressed into the next round of the ASB Classic after defeating their respective opponents in straight sets.
The return to competition of Serena was more than positive, despite some unforced errors, especially in the second set. Instead, it continues the excellent moment of Wozniacki, who has just left a game to her opponent. At the WTA Event taking place in Shenzhen though, Third Seeded Brit Johanna Konta came back from a set down to beat American Vania King.
Seventh Seeded Romanian Monica Niculescu was shown the door by local player Wang Qiang. Great victory of Aga Radwanska, who has played an initial set perfect, and generally a very close match to the standard of last year edition.
WTA Auckland Results (First Round) Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) beat Arina Rodionova (Australia) 6-3 6-4 3-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Nicole Gibbs (U.S.) 6-1 6-0 Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 6-1 6-2 Madison Brengle (U.S.) beat Jamie Loeb (U.S.) 6-4 7-6(5) 7-Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) beat Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 6-1 6-2 Lauren Davis (U.S.) beat 5-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) 7-6(3) 6-4 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) beat Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-3 3-6 6-3 Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 6-2 6-4 4-Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Barbora Stefkova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-3 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Pauline Parmentier (France) 6-3 6-4 WTA Shenzhen Open Results (2nd Round) 3-Johanna Konta (Britain) beat Vania King (U.S.) 1-6 6-3 6-2 Wang Qiang (China) beat 7-Monica Niculescu (Romania) 7-6(1) 6-4 1-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Sorana Cirstea 6-0 6-3 Alison Riske (U.S.) beat Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) 6-1 6-1 ALSO READ Tennis legend HINTS AT RETIREMENT!