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Kuznetsova opens Sydney defense with win, seeds withdraw

Svetlana Kuznetsova opened the resistance of her Sydney International title with an agreeable 6-1 6-4 triumph over Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday as the Australian Open warm-up occasion endured a couple of enormous name withdrawals.

The Russian fifth seed began emphatically by winning 10 of the initial 11 diversions and after her Romanian rival aroused in the second set to tie it up at 4-4, Kuznetsova softened again up the ninth amusement and served out the triumph in 77 minutes.

“I began the year very great with the inclination,” the 31-year-old twofold thousand pummel champ told journalists.

“At times the outcomes don’t run together with whatever you feel. Be that as it may, I feel useful for the begin of the year, and for me it’s an extremely pleasant feeling.

“I never considered shielding my title or something to that effect. It’s simply one more competition – the title I have at home and nobody will remove it from me. This is one more year and another chance to play.”

Kuznetsova will next face the victor of the match between neighborhood most loved Sam Stosur and kindred Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Somewhere else, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, a previous Wimbledon finalist, likewise won her opening match with a 7-6(1) 6-2 first round win over China’s Zhang Shuai.

In any case, fourth seed Karolina Pliskova, who will move to world number five after her Brisbane title win on Saturday, won’t have the capacity to go for consecutive triumphs after she hauled out of the occasion with a left internal thigh damage.

The Czech was joined on the sidelines by Ukraine’s reality number 14 Elina Svitolina, who pulled back refering to a viral ailment.

“I’ve had steady cerebral pains throughout the previous two days and shockingly in today’s hot climate it deteriorated when I was warming up and my body wasn’t prepared to contend,” Svitolina, who was seeded seventh, said.

With the Australian Open tennis beginning in seven days’ chance in Melbourne, Frenchwoman Alize Cornet likewise ruled against gambling a sore back and hauled out of the Hobart International, which she won a year ago.

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