Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Serena starts title defense, Azarenka and Kvitova win
World number one and the defending champion Serena Williams of the USA beat Angelique Kerber 6-3,6-1 to collect the first win of 2013 year end championship in Istanbul. Williams hit staggering 31 winners en route to the win. Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded third, lost 6-4 6-4 to the Czech Republic's fifth seed Petra Kvitova. Kvitova, winner of 2011 championship, lost to Radwanska last year in the only match she played before pulling out. Runner up to Kvitova in 2011, Second seed, Victoria Azarenka was made to work hard for a 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 victory over Italian world number seven Sara Errani.