Radwanska and Ivanovic progress

Tue, Aug 28, 2012, 01:00

Tennis: Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska swatted aside Russia's Nina Bratchikova to reach the second round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. The Pole made her first grand slam final at Wimbledon earlier this summer, losing in three sets to Serena Williams, and she was never troubled in a 6-1 6-1 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Radwanska retired during her first match in New Haven last week because of a right shoulder problem and wore heavy strapping today.

The 23-year-old said: "I'm just very happy that I could give it my best in the first match. My shoulder feels better right now.

"It's always difficult. Every week it's a different surface, different balls."

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic beat Ukrainian qualifier Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round.

Ivanovic has not played since Montreal three weeks ago because of a foot problem, and she could not have taken a break on a worse note after losing 6-0 6-0 to Roberta Vinci.

"In all seriousness, it wasn't easy," said the Serb, "especially as it was one of my first matches on hard courts as well. It's a lot different. We have been playing on grass for a long time this season. Taking all into consideration, I'm really happy with today's performance."

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