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Kerber, Wozniacki advance; Jankovic exits Sydney
Sydney, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of seeds -- Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki -- moved on, while former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic came up a first-round loser Monday at the Sydney International tennis event.
Russian Ekaterina Makarova upended the fourth-seeded 2007 Sydney runner-up Jankovic 6-4, 6-2 on the hardcourts at NSW Tennis Centre.
Meanwhile, the fifth-seeded Kerber got past Slovak and 2013 runner-up Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 and the sixth-seeded former No. 1 Wozniacki overcame German lucky loser Julia Goerges 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
In matches involving Americans on Day 2, qualifier Christina McHale fought back to beat France's Alize Cornet 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 7-5; Estonian Kaia Kanepi drubbed qualifier Victoria Duval 6-1, 6-3; lucky loser Varvara Lepchenko upended two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; Lauren Davis topped Aussie wild card Jarmila Gajdosova 6-4, 7-6 (10-8); and Bethanie Mattek-Sands dismissed Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-3. Kuznetsova was the Sydney runner-up back in 2008.
Also on Monday, Czech Lucie Safarova downed former French Open champ and 2006 Sydney runner-up Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-4, Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro overcame Argentine wild card Paula Ormaechea 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, and Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova erased Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-1.
On Tuesday, top-seeded and reigning champion Agnieszka Radwanska will battle the qualifier Mattek-Sands; second-seeded Petra Kvitova will tangle with McHale; third-seeded Sara Errani will meet the qualifier Davis; Kerber will be opposed by Kanepi; and Wozniacki will encounter Safarova.
Radwanska defeated Cibulkova in last year's Sydney finale.
This is the final tune-up for the Australian Open. The first Grand Slam event of 2014 is set to get underway Jan. 13 in Melbourne.
01/06 10:45:13 ET
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