Seoul - Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska has hammered Polona Hercog on Tuesday as she
set out on a quest to successfully defend a title for the first time at
the WTA Korea Open.
The Polish world number five, returning to
action after her US Open second-round defeat to China's Peng Shuai, won
6-3, 6-3 to get her title defence off the mark.
champion Maria Kirilenko, playing on a wildcard after missing three
months of the season with a knee injury, beat Croatia's Donna Vekic 3-6,
6-2, 6-4 to reach round two.
"It was a tough time after my injury
last year. I haven't played much this year and after Wimbledon it got
worse so I couldn't play much of the summer either," said the Russian.
really missed playing and I'm happy I could win this match today,
because it was my first long match so far this year," added Kirilenko,
who lifted the trophy in 2008.