Flavia Pennetta, Alison Riske win openers in Connecticut Open
APNEW HAVEN, Conn.
Flavia Pennetta of Italy beat Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday in the first round of the Connecticut Open.
The sixth-seeded Pennetta used two straight aces to clinch the win.
"She fights until the last point," Pennetta said. "I went for the last points on my serve. I did not want to get into a rally."
Pennetta, who had to go through qualifying for this tournament last year, won the first four games against Koukalova.
"I tried to be aggressive and stay close to the baseline," Pennetta said. "She's a really good player. Sometimes it looks as though she's not trying, but that's the way she plays. You never know what she's going to do."
Pennetta will meet American Alison Riske in the second round. The two have never played one another.
Riske beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-1, 6-4 in her first-round match. Dellacqua broke Riske's serve in the first game, but the 43rd-ranked Riske won the next six games to clinch the first set.