agence france-presse
Brisbane, 29 December
Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki cruised into the second round of the Brisbane International with a straight-sets win over Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday.
Lisicki had no trouble with the Slovakian or the 42 degrees Celsius heat in the Pat Rafter Arena, winning 6-3, 6-4 in 89 minutes.
Lisicki was never in any trouble against Rybarikova and now meets Swiss player Stefanie Voegele in the second round.
Voegele progressed when she beat American Madison Keys 6-4, 6-3. Lisicki’s German countrywoman Andrea Petkovic set up a second-round clash against defending champion Williams when she downed American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in two tough sets 6-4, 7-5.
Japan’s evergreen 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm defeated Australian wildcard Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5, while Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina beat Varvara Lepchenko of the US 6-3, 6-3.
World number six Petra Kvitova powered into the new season with a comprehensive win over Anabel Medina Garrigues as the Czech Republic completed a clean sweep of Spain at the mixed-team Hopman Cup on Sunday.
Kvitova’s boyfriend, Radek Stepanek, then secured the Group B tie for the Czechs with an easy win over little-known Spaniard Daniel Munoz-De La Nava.