Radwanska cruises to Connecticut win

Agnieszka Radwanska has breezed into the second round of the Connecticut Open with a 6-0 6-2 victory over American CoCo Vandeweghe.

The Krakow, Poland native needed only 65 minutes to set up a second-round meeting with France’s Aliza Cornet, who advanced with a three-set win against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan at the Connecticut Tennis Center on Monday.

Among the other top players to advance were 20-year-old American Madison Keys and sixth-ranked Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.

Eighth-ranked Karolina Pliskova, also from the Czech Republic, survived a scare from Slovakia’s Polona Hercog before advancing with a 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory.

Australia’s Daria Gavrilova was eliminated 6-3 6-4 by tournament fourth seed and world No.6 Safarova.

Her early defeat deprives her of valuable practice ahead of the US Open which starts at Flushing Meadows next week.

Upsets were a feature of the opening matches with Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky (seeded sixth) and Sara Errani (eighth) bowing out to French pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic respectively.

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