AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
ESTORIL: A trio of former women’s champions opened with contrasting May Day victories at the ATP-WTA Estoril Open on Tuesday. It was the same on the men’s side of the draw, with 2009-2010 winner Albert Montanes advanced over Australian Matthew Ebden 6-2, 6-3.
Second-seeded Russian Kirilenko, who lifted the title at the Estadio Nacional in 2008, overcame Briton Elena Baltacha 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 in a struggle which began with a first set lasting exactly one hour in front of holiday crowds.
Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues, the third-seed holder, got past German Kristina Barrois with more ease as she posted a 6-4, 6-1 win. China’s Zheng Jie, the No 5 who won in 2006, put out Russian Ekaterina Makarova, Russia, 6-3, 6-1.
Three more seeds took opening wins, with No 4 Petra Cetkovska defeating Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-2, 6-1 and No 6 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia crushing Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-0. Eighth seed Polona Hercog beat Austrian Tamira Paszek 6-0, 6-3. Australian Jarmila Gajdosova defeated Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain 6-3, 6-1, while Briton Heather Watson beat Czech Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4 to next face Cetkovska.
The men’s play was highlighted by locals as Portuguese players went into action. Rui Machado rallied past compatriot Pedro Sousa 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-2. Joao Sousa won another all-local battle, defeating Gastao Elias 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.