28 Dec 2013

No Venus vs Ana in first round of Classic

5:46 pm on 28 December 2013

Organisers of next week's Auckland women's tennis Classic will be breathing a sigh of relief following Saturday's draw.

None of the Classic's stars will clash in the first round, so the big names will be around for at least two matches.

The unseeded American great Venus Wiiliams does face a tough opening match though, against Andrea Hlaváčková of the Czech Republic.

Wiiliams says she's not worried who she plays however.

Williams' young compatriot Lauren Davis has been drawn to play New Zealand number one Marina Erakovic, who at world number 46 is ranked 24 places higher than Davis.

But if Erakovic wins, she then faces a potential tricky second round clash with the top seed Roberta Vinci - the Italian plays wildcard Ana Konjuh of Croatia.

Second seed and former world number one Ana Ivanovic of Serbia faces America's Alison Riske... Julia Goerges of Germany is up against Italy's Karin Knapp.

Third seed Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium is up against Puerto Rican Mónica Puig and Flipken's countrywoman, the 2010 Classic champion Yanina Wickmayer, has drawn a qualifier, as has fourth seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea.


$ 250,000.00

DECEMBER 28 - JANUARY 04, 2014

Women's Singles

First Round

R Vinci (ITA) vs. [WC] A Konjuh (CRO)

L Davis (USA) vs. M Erakovic (NZL)

Qualifier vs. Y Wickmayer (BEL)

[WC] T Paszek (AUT) vs. J Hampton (USA)

S Cirstea (ROU) vs. Qualifier

C Mchale (USA) vs. G Muguruza (ESP)

[WC] A Hlavackova (CZE) vs. V Williams (USA)

Y Meusburger (AUT) vs. M Barthel (GER)

K Knapp (ITA) vs. J Goerges (GER)

Qualifier vs. Qualifier

K Pliskova (CZE) vs. P Ormaechea (ARG)

M Puig (PUR) vs. K Flipkens (BEL)

L Safarova (CZE) vs. A Morita (JPN)

A Cadantu (ROU) vs. K Nara (JPN)

J Larsson (SWE) vs. L Dominguez Lino (ESP)

A Riske (USA) vs. A Ivanovic (SRB)