The first round of the KDB Korea Open finished on Thursday and top seed and world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the second round after defeating world No.71 Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-4 6-0 in one hour and 17 minutes. Radwanska struggled a little in the first set as Cadantu made two breaks, but as soon as she felt the game of her opponent, the Pole evened to 4-4 and closed the match with eight straight games. This is Radwanska’s debut at the Seoul tournament and also her first encounter with Cadantu, so as she said she needed some time to find her game.
Two more seeded players passed into the second round. Second-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia, ranked 19th, eliminated world No.334 Chan Chin-Wei of Chinese Taipei 6-3 6-3 and eighth-seeded Annika Beck of Germany threw out world No.200 Risa Ozaki 3-6 7-6(5) 6-4 in long two hours and 45 minutes.
It was a good day for some, but it can’t be good for everyone. Two seeds were defeated in today’s matches: one of them was seed No.4 Klara Zakopalova of Czech Republic who was stunned by Su Jeong Jang, ranked 540th, 6-3 6-1 and the other one was No.7 Andrea Petkovic of Germany who fell to Grand Slam champion Francesca Schiavone, ranked 56th, 6-1 2-6 6-4. Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, ranked 184th, beat Nastassja Burnett of Italy 7-5 6-0. Other players who passed into the second round are Estrella Cabeza Candela of Spain, Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan and Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)