Agnieszka Radwanska, who won the title in Auckland last week and is the top seed in the Apia International Tournament being played in Sydney this week, has brought her excellent form from 2012 straight into the new season. In scorchingly hot weather, she took to the court against the 112th ranked Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, who had to qualify for the main draw.
Radwanska is fast around the court and has a wonderful array of shots which almost always find their mark, but the wily Japanese plays glorious one handed, old-style tennis which is a joy to watch. Date-Krumm managed to break Radwanska in the very first game, but that was the last of her challenges, as Radwanska ran out a relatively easy winner, 6-4 6-3. She will face Roberta Vinci in the quarters.
Another player who climbed the rankings quickly in the second half of 2012 was the Russian Maria Kirilenko, but she has not yet managed to bring her winning game to the courts at the beginning of this season. On play on Tuesday in Sydney, she faced Sara Errani, the diminutive Italian who reached the final of the French Open in 2012. Now ranked 6th and is seeded 3 in this tournament, Errani had a very easy day at the office, as she trounced Kirilenko 6-1 6-1 in double quick time. Her next opponent will be Dominika Cibulkova.