Charleston - Australian Open champion
Angelique Kerber opened defence of her Volvo Car Open title with a three-set
victory over Lara Arruabarrena on Tuesday night.
Top-seeded Kerber won her sixth straight
match here with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (3) win. It was also the second straight year
Kerber beat Arruabarrena in Charleston, although the Spaniard put up more of a
struggle than in the 6-3, 6-0 defeat in 2015.
Other seeded winners at the clay-court
event included No 10-seeded Sam Stosur and 14th-seeded Daria Kasatkina.
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni topped 11th-seeded
Kristina Mladenovic 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (13).
No 3-seeded Venus Williams begins play on
Results from WTA Charleston event on Tuesday:
Angelique Kerber (GER x1) bt Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7/3)
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) bt Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x11) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (15/13)
Kristina Kucova (SVK) bt Madison Brengle (USA) 7-5, 6-2
Louisa Chirico (USA) bt Naomi Osaka (JPN) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
Darya Kasatkina (RUS x14) bt Zheng Saisai(CHN) 6-2, 6-1
Zhang Shuai (CHN) bt Lesley Kerkhove (NED) 6-1, 6-2
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 6-1, 6-1
Samantha Stosur (AUS x10) bt Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-4, 6-4
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) bt Kurumi Nara (JPN) 7-6 (7/4), 6-0
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) bt Teliana Pereira (BRA) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
Monica Puig (PUR) bt Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 6-3, 6-2
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN x17) bt Alexandra Dulgheru (ROM) 6-3, 6-4