Australia's Sam Stosur and Jelena Jankovic won thier first round matches at the Prosche Grand Prix on Tuesday. Stosur has struggled for most of this year and is hoping a comeback to her favourite surface clay may bring a change in her fortunes although she would be under pressure of defending a huge number of ranking points over the next couple of months.
The Aussie beat Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 7-5, 6-1. Jankovic, fresh off a thrilling Fed Cup win over Slovakia on the weekend, beat lucky loser Beatriz García Vidagany in straight sets. Her scheduled first round opponent Petra Kvitova withdrew on Monday.
There were also wins on Tuesday for Agniezska Radawanska, Anastasia Pavyulenchkova and Germans Sabine Lisicki and Julia Georges. At the Morroco WTA event, top seed Aravane Rezai needed three sets to beat Arantxa Rus while former world no.
5 Anna Chakvatadze had to retire due to dizziness deep in the third set for the third straight event. Former world no. 1 Dinara Safina was also among the winners on Tuesday. Porsche Grand Prix- Stuttgart, Germany - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - Singles - First Round (5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d.
María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 75 61
(7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (LL) Beatriz García Vidagany (ESP) 61 62
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Jamie Hampton (USA) 60 61
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d.
(Q) Tamira Paszek (AUT) 36 62 62
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 63 64
Julia Goerges (GER) d. (Q) Michaella Krajicek (NED) 63 61
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 75 63
(LL) Zuzana Kucova (SVK) d.
(Q) Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 16 75 44 ret. (dizziness)
(WC) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 76(2) Morocco Grand Prix - Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - Singles - First Round (1/WC) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d.
Arantxa Rus (NED) 46 64 63
(2) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. (Q) Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 63 62
Dinara Safina (RUS) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 61 60
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) 75 62
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d.
(Q) Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 63 63
Anastasia Pivovarova (RUS) d. (WC) Fatima Zahrae El Allami (MAR) 63 76(2)
(Q) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) d. Renata Voracova (CZE) 67(5) 75 63
(LL) Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) d.
(Q) Urszula Radwanska (POL) 26 76(8) 64
(WC) Nadia Lalami (MAR) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 62 75 By Haresh Ramchandani