Radwanska and Li reach US Open second round
NEW YORK – Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na managed to reach the second round of the US Open before a rain delay during day three at Flushing Meadows today.
Radwanska, the third seed for the final slam of the season, saw off Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain 6-0 7-5 thanks to 38 unforced errors and 10 double faults from her opponent.
The Pole breezed through the first set in a mere 21 minutes, though she was made to work a little harder in the second before finally seeing off a player ranked 103 in the world.
She will next face Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who knocked out Australian Ashleigh Barty in straight sets.
Li, meanwhile, comfortably defeated Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 6-2, winning both sets in 32 minutes.
The fifth seed from China sent down four aces and converted five of her 10 break-point opportunities during her opening match in New York.
“I was so lucky before the rain came that I finished the match so I don’t have to wait and warm up and come to the court again. It is tough for (everyone else),” she said afterwards.
“For me, I’ll just relax for the rest of the day and do whatever I want to do.”
Laura Robson, who could face Li in the third round for the second successive year, was left waiting to start her match with France’s Caroline Garcia.
The pair were set to get underway on court 11 when the heavens opened, forcing a delay in proceedings. However, officials were able to get play back underway. (Sky