CAROLINE Wozniacki reached the second round of the Korea Open by beating Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-2 yesterday.
Jamie Hampton of the United States also advanced, defeating Romina Oprandi of Switzerland 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, while Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain beat Sesil Karatantcheva of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-4.
In other tennis news, Spain reached their fourth Davis Cup final in five years after David Ferrer gave them a 3-1 semifinal victory over the United States by beating John Isner 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday. Unimpeded by the absence of injured Rafael Nadal, Spain will travel to the Czech Republic for the final on November 16-18, after the Czechs defeated Argentina in Buenos Aires. The United States had kept the tie alive against the five-time champions with a doubles victory by twins Bob and Mike Bryan on Saturday, but US Open semifinalist Ferrer, on his favourite red clay, prevailed over Isner, the world number 10. The six-foot, nine-inch (206-centimetre) American beat Ferrer in a tiebreak in the first set but failed to cement his lead in the second.
The Spaniard dominated the following three sets, powering out of sight in the fourth, his deft returns outfoxing the flagging American who had already fallen to Nicolas Almagro in a four-hour battle on Friday. Ferrer tamed Isner’s formidable serve and aggressive style with precision returns and passing shots and capitalised on a slew of unforced errors.