Pennetta opens 2012 with Auckland win
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP)
Former top 10 player Flavia Pennetta opened her 2012 season with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) win over Sorana Cirstea on Monday to ease into the second round of the ASB Classic women's tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand.
Italy's Pennetta, the tournament's No. 4 seed, took 94 minutes to oust the unseeded Cirstea.
Other results in first-round singles matches Monday at the ASB Classic women's tennis tournament on hardcourts at the Auckland Tennis Center:
Singles first round:
Christina McHale, United States, def. Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania, 6-2, 6-3.
Sara Errani, Italy, def. Johanna Larsson, Sweden, 6-1, 6-1.
FLucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, def. Alberta Brianti, Italy, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Elena Baltacha, Britain, def. Sacha Jones, New Zealand, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Doubles first round:
Alize Cornet, France, and Monica Niculescu, Romania, def. Elena Bogdan and Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania, 6-3, 6-4.
Kristina Barrois and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Germany, def. Sorana Cirstea, Romania, and Darija Jurak, Croatia, 6-3, 6-1.