AUCKLAND (AFP) – Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams cruised through to the second round of the WTA Auckland Classic Tuesday to restore a semblance of order as other seeds crashed around them.
Wozniacki, the tournament top seed, expended minimal energy downing Israeli qualifier Julia Glushko 6-3, 6-2 while Williams dropped only one game despatching Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova 6-1, 6-0.
But Svetlana Kuznetsova, the fifth seed, became the third ranked player to make an early exit joining first day losers Sara Errani of Italy and Germany’s Mona Barthel the second and eighth seeds.
Wozniacki made few unforced errors as she cruised past Glushko in 69 minutes with a 75 percent first serve success rate to set up a second round meeting with American wildcard Taylor Townsend.
Former world number two Kuznetsova fell to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in a three-set marathon 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-4.
Polish qualifier Urzula Radwanska also produced an upset with a 6-4 7-5 win over 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone from Italy.