The main draw of the Apia International Sydney tournament got underway on Sunday and, as is common at the very beginning of a new season, there has already been a high seed departure.
First on court in the Ken Rosewall Arena was Danish 7th seed Caroline Wozniacki who is currently ranked at number 10, who took on her good friend, the Pole Ursula Radwanska, who was unseeded in this tournament and ranked at number 31. In a very lopsided encounter, Wozniacki took this match easily, 6-1 6-2 in just one hour and 15 minutes. The Dane made good use of her break points, wining seven out of nine, while her opponent converted only two out of nine.
The first surprise of the tournament came in the match that followed, when the diminutive five foot three inch Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, ranked at 15 but unseeded, took on the six foot Czech Petra Kvitova, world number 8 and seeded at 5. In a match that lasted just an hour and four minutes Cibulkova, who is famed for her speed around the court and feisty play, demolished the powerful leftie Czech 6-1 6-1. Up to this match, Kvitova led their head to head count 4-0, with three straight set wins and one three setter on clay in Madrid in 2011, but none of those matches were as easy as Cibulkova’s victory on Sunday.