Wozniacki advances as Paszek injured

American qualifier Jamie Hampton upset top-seeded Agnieszka

Radwanska 7-6 (2), 6-2 Tuesday in the first round at Eastbourne on

Tuesday.

Radwanska, who won the title in 2008, struggled throughout the

match at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

Although Radwanska tied it 5-5 when Hampton served for the first

set and held a set point at 6-5, she was overwhelmed in the

tiebreaker and failed to rally in the second set.

The 41st-ranked Hampton maintained her composure when No. 4

Radwanska rallied late in the first set.

“I was a little rattled, yeah,” Hampton said. “Last time we

played something similar happened, so I was like, `I’m not going to

crack. I’m going to hold on and get to a tiebreak.'”

Radwanska said she’s still adjusting to the grass after the

clay-court season.

“Playing her in the first match on the grass, I think it was

tough,” Radwanska said. “The fact that she played three matches

before helped her a little bit.

“I was a little bit scared to move. It wasn’t slippery. Maybe a

little bit in the back, but, yeah, scared. You have to be

careful.”

Second-seeded Li Na advanced to the second round, beating Alize

Cornet 6-2, 6-4. She’ll play 2011 champion Marion Bartoli.

Also advancing were 2012 runner-up Angelique Kerber, who

defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4, and fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova,

who stopped Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-1. Fifth-seeded Caroline

Wozniacki advanced after leading 6-2, 2-2 when defending champion

Tamira Paszek retired with a left-thigh injury.

Wozniacki faced a potentially difficult match against an

opponent who not only won the Eastbourne title last year but then

beat her in the first round at Wimbledon.

Wozniacki recently went 1-5 in clay-court matches, so she’s

looking forward to playing on grass.

“I’m feeling great,” Wozniacki said. “I love the grass. It’s so

much fun to play on. The clay season is over, which I’m happy

about. I think I played a really good first set. I felt really good

and comfortable out there.”

Wozniacki’s boyfriend, golfer Rory McIlroy, attended the match.

He finished 14 over at the U.S. Open on Sunday.

In the men’s event, Kevin Anderson was upset 7-6 (4) 6-2 by

Julien Benneteau, and Bernard Tomic defeated James Ward 6-3,

6-4.