GRAPEVINE: Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak beat fifth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 7-6 (2) on Sunday in the first round of the Texas Open. Two weeks ago in Montreal, Wozniak became the first Canadian since 1992 to reach the Rogers Cup quarter-finals. In other first-round matches, seventh-seeded Chanelle Scheepers beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-2, and eighth-seeded Sorana Cirstea topped Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6 (2), 6-4. In other first-round matches, fourth-seeded Yanina Wickmayer beat Heather Watson 6-3, 6-4 and and No 7 Chanelle Scheepers topped Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-2.
WINSTON-SALEM: America’s James Blake beat Spain’s Albert Ramos 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open. Blake had
seven aces to advance to a second-round matchup against fifth-seeded Andy Roddick. Columbia’s Santiago Giraldo beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in another
first-round match. Steve Darcis of Belgium beat countryman Xavier Malisse, 6-3, 6-0; Alex Bogomolov Jr of Russia edged Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-2, 6-2; and Belgium’s David Goffin topped France’s Nicolas Mahut, 7-6 (3), 6-1.
Aguero calms fears
LONDON: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has calmed fears over the extent of the knee injury he sustained in the champions’ opening 3-2 Premier League win at home to Southampton on Sunday. The Argentine striker, whose last-gasp goal against Queens Park Rangers sealed the title for City in dramatic fashion back in May, was carried off on a stretcher after 13 minutes. City’s top scorer last season looked in severe pain after a tackle before getting to his feet and then dropping to the floor again but he later said he had not suffered a serious injury.