Stosur, Halep and Pavlyuchenkova all win in straight sets in Sofia

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The first match on Day 2 of the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions saw 4th seeded Sam Stosur (Player Info) take on the challenge of 5th seeded Elena Vesnina in the Sredets Group on Wednesday afternoon in Sofia. Vesnina led the Aussie 2-1 in the head to head stat going into this match and both players had won two WTA titles this season – Stosur won in Carlsbad and Osaka, while Vesnina won in Hobart and Eastbourne. Stosur won the first set quite easily 6-3. Vesnina led 3-0 in the second set before the Aussie reeled her in by taking the next six games in a row to take the set 6-3 and the match in an hour and a quarter.

Top seed Simona Halep (Player Info) played 7th seed Alize Cornet of the Serkika Group in the second match of the day. Halep is having her best season to date and is rapidly climbing the rankings, having won five tournaments – Nürnberg, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Budapest, New Haven and Moscow. Cornet only won one title – at Strasbourg. Halep took the first set 6-4 after quite a battle and then ran up a 3-1 lead in the second set. Cornet closed in on her opponent, but halep managed to hang on to one of her breaks to the end and took the set 6-4.

The night match was between 6th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Player Info) and Maria Kirilenko’s replacement, Elina Svitolina who came into the tournament after the Russian’s withdrawal due to injury. Pavlyuchenkova won two tournaments in 2013 – in Monterrey and Oeiras, while Svitolina won WTA titles in Donetsk and Baku, as well as one ITF title. Pavlyuchenkova took the first set with relative ease at 6-2 but the second set was much more competitive. The 9th and 10th games were closely fought until Pavlyuchenkova served out for the set at 6-4.


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