WTA Sydney: Elena Vesnina retires mid-match, Cibulkova and Konta win

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WTA Sydney: Elena Vesnina retires mid-match, Cibulkova and Konta win

Though withdrawals began the WTA event in Sydney, there weren’t any glaring upsets in the first round action taking place on Monday. The following is a quick recap of the day’s action: Sixth seed Johanna Konta defeated lucky loser Arina Rodionova in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

Third seed Dominika Cibulkova also reached the second round with a win over German Laura Siegemund 6-2, 6-0. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Australian Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1, but Daria Gavrilova kept up the Aussie hopes defeating lucky loser Donna Vekic 6-3, 7-6 (1).

10th seed Caroline Wozniacki also reached the second round with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallist, Monica Puig. Eighth seed Elena Vesnina had to retire in her match against Coco Vandeweghe while trailing 2-6, 0-4.

Vesnina’s doubles partner, Ekaterina Makarova also bowed out of the competition losing to Barbora Strycova, 3-6, 5-7. In the match between two qualifier, Kateryna Bondarenko and Christina McHale, the latter won in three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Ninth seed Roberta Vinci however ended the hopes of Greek qualifier Maria Sakkari in straight sets 6-4, 6-0. Another qualifier, Ying-Ying Duan defeated lucky loser Irina Falconi 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 to reach the second round. WTA Sydney First Round [6] Johanna Konta (GBR) def.

[LL] Arina Rodionova (AUS) 6-3, 6-4
[3] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) def. Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-2, 6-0
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) def. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-3, 6-1
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) def. [LL] Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-3, 7-6 (1)
[10] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) def.

Monica Puig (PUR) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Coco Vandeweghe (USA) def. [8] Elena Vesnina (RUS) 6-2, 4-0 [Retd.]
Barbora Strycova (CZE) def. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 6-3, 7-5
[Q] Christina McHale (USA) def. [Q] Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
[9] Roberta Vinci (ITA) def.

[Q] Maria Sakkari (GRE) 6-4, 6-0
[Q] Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) def. [LL] Irina Falconi (USA) 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 Also Read ATP Auckland: Feliciano Lopez wins!