Mauresmo marches past Sugiyama in Pilot Pen
NEW HAVEN: Top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and two-time major champion Amelie Mauresmo and got off to successful starts at the WTA Pilot Pen tournament on Monday.
Mauresmo stopped Japanese ace Ai Sugiyama 6-4, 6-1 in the first round and Russian Kuznetsova beat China's Zheng Jie 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4.
In the final US Open tune-up tennis event, Mauresmo moves on to face the winner of a match between American Meghann Shaughnessy and Alona Bondarenko.
World number six Kuznetsova easily won the first set but lost the second in a tiebreak and then rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third to win the match.
The eighth-seeded Mauresmo needed 80 minutes to dispatch Sugiyama, hammering three aces and winning 68 percent of her first-serve points. She also committed seven double faults.
On the men's side of the draw sixth-seeded American Sam Querrey outlasted Frenchman Marc Gicquel 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2 to reach the third round.
The former world number one Mauresmo was a New Haven runner-up in 2005.
Sugiyama won 33 percent of her first serve points and converted just three of 13 break-point chances on the hardcourts at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University.
France's Virginie Razzano followed Mauresmo into the second round by beating Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
In other women's matches, fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland rallied to beat Italian qualifier Roberta Vinci 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) and Czech Iveta Benesova overcame American lucky-loser Varvara Lepchenko 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Russian Elena Vesnina, Slovakian qualifier Magdalena Rybarikova and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also posted wins on Monday.
Querrey earned a three set win in the lone second-round match of the day.
In other opening-round men's matches, American Robert Kendrick handled Danish qualifier Frederik Nielsen 6-3, 7-5, Argentine's Jose Acasuso beat countryman Maximo Gonzalez 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 6-2 and Portuguese qualifier Frederico Gil stopped struggling former top-10 Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-3.
The former Australian Open runner-up Baghdatis entered the draw as a wild card this week.
Additional first-round wins came for Italians Simone Bolelli and Potito Starace, German Bjorn Phau, qualifier Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu.