2016 US Open semifinalist Caroline Wozniacki eliminates 2015 Toray Pan Pacific Open runner-up Belinda Bencic to reach round two of the Tokyo Premier Tournament. The world no. 28 Wozniacki outlasts the world no. 26 Belinda Bencic with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-1 victory after a one hour and forty-five minute match. The 2016 Toray Pan Pacific victory is the just the second ever win for Caroline Wozniacki over Belinda Bencic out of their six career matches. The last time that Wozniacki was able to defeat Bencic was two years ago, during the 2014 TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, the pair’s first ever singles match.
Caroline Wozniacki starts the first round match by winning the first three games for an early 3-0 lead. Bencic wins the fourth game to finally notch her first point of the match, but is immediately answered with another Wozniacki win in the fifth. Bencic then wins the sixth game to cut the lead down to two, 4-2. Caroline Wozniacki responds with back-to-back wins to end the match opener after thirty-six minutes of play.
Both players finished the first frame with 4 second serve points apiece. Caroline Wozniacki took the service game advantage through the first serves, as she finishes with 17 of 25 (68%) first serve points against an 8 of 14 (57%) first serve performance from Bencic. Wozniacki added 4 serves to love against Bencic to help cement her service game lead. Caroline Wozniacki also had the only break points of the opening frame. She broke Bencic two times out of three break point opportunities while managing to save all four of the Swiss’ break point tries.
Caroline Wozniacki wins her third consecutive game of the first round match, as she wins the first game of the second frame. Bencic takes her first match lead, 2-1, by winning back-to-back games, but Wozniacki immediately ties with a 40-0 win in the following game. Belinda Bencic seizes the momentum with a three-win burst to reach set point for the first time at 5-2. Amazingly, the second set sees another three game winning streak, this time for Caroline Wozniacki, to tie the frame at 5-5. Belinda Bencic then ties the first round match with two consecutive wins, ending with a 40-0 thirteenth, to tie the match 1-1 after a forty-minute second frame.
Both players ended the second set with 16 first serve points each. Belinda Bencic ekes out a slight advantage on the second serves, finishing with 6 of 11 (55%) second serve points against 4 of 10 (40%) from Belinda Bencic. Wozniacki finished the second frame by converting her lone break point opportunitiy, but Bencic was able to go ahead on the breakers. She broke Caroline Wozniacki twice out of her four break point attempts.
The former world number one Caroline Wozniacki begins the final frame by winning the first two games for a 2-0 lead. Belinda Bencic notches her first, and only, point of the third set with a 40-15 win in the third. Wozniacki then unleashes a four-win burst to shut the door on Bencic after a relatively short twenty-seven frame.
Caroline Wozniacki was able to dominate the service game on both fronts to help her win the third set against Belinda Bencic. Wozniacki won 10 of 13 (77%) first serve points as well as 3 of 7 (43%) second serve points. By contrast, Belinda Bencic ended the first round match with just 4 of 9 (44%) first serve points and a meager 1 of 8 (13%) second serve total. Wozniacki also took the lead on the breakers, with three break point attempts converted out of four break point opportunities.
Caroline Wozniacki will face 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open fourth seed Carla Suarez Navarro in round two. Entering their second round match in Tokyo, the lower ranked Caroline Wozniacki holds a 4-1 advantage over the world no. 8 Cara Suarez Navarro in their career singles head to head match record.
In other Tokyo first round results, Kazakhstan world no. 38 Yulia Putintseva reaches the second round of the 2016 Toray Pan Pacific with an upset win over American world no. 9 Madison Keys. Putintseva stuns 21-year old contemporary Keys with a three-set 6-3, 3-6, 7(8)-6(7) victory after a marathon two hour and twenty-nine minute first round match. Yulia Putintseva has now advanced past the first round in her last three WTA tournaments. Putintseva also claims her first match win against a top ten-ranked player this 2016. Yulia Putintseva also claims first blood against the higher ranked Madison Keys in their career singles head to head match record.
Up next for Yulia Putintseva is a second round meeting with Poland’s world no. 109 Magda Linette. Entering their Pan Pacific open match, Magda Linette holds a 1-0 advantage over Yulia Putintseva in their career singles head to head match record.
Tournament qualifier Magda Linette makes it to the second round by defeating Russian wildcard Olesya Pervushina. Magda Linette wins back-to-back frames after dropping the first to the world no. 401 Pervushina for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 come-from-behind victory after a one hour and forty-seven first round match. Magda Linette has now moved past the first round of her second consecutive WTA tournament. Linette also draws first blood against Pervushina in their singles head to head matchup.
2016 Toray Pan Pacific eighth seed Anastasija Pavlyuchenkova enters the second round courtesy of a second round retirement from German world no. 44 Andrea Petkovic. Pavlyuchenkova took the first set 6-0 and was leading 2-0 fourteen minutes into the second set before Petkovic was forced to retire due to injuries. The first round withdrawal improves Anastasija Pavlyuchenkova to a 2-0 win record against the Andrea Petkovic.
Anastasija Pavlyuchenkova will meet Ukrainian world no. 20 Elina Svitolina to punch her second round ticket in Tokyo. Pavlyuchenkova enters the Pan Pacific Open second round match with an unbeaten 2-0 match record over Elina Svitolina.
Elina Svitolina earns her second round entry with a first round rout over American world no. 32 Coco Vandeweghe. Svitolina sweeps Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4 after a one hour and thirty-four minute match. Svitolina has now moved past the first round of her six WTA tournaments. The win also improves the 22-year old Elina Svitolina to a 2-0 record over the 25-year old Coco Vandeweghe.
Czech Republic world no. 21 Barbora Strycova moves past tournament qualifier Varatchaya Wongteanchai to reach the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Strycova routs the Thai world no. 317 Wongteanchai with a 6-1, 6-1 straight sets win in a one hour and four minute first round match. Barbora Strycova also takes first blood over Varatchaya Wongteanchai in their singles head to head matchup.
Barbora Strycova will be tested by 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open second seed Agnieszka Radwanska in round two. Heading into their second round match, Agnieszka Radwanska has a commanding 5-0 advantage over Strycova in their career singles head to head match record.
Latvian world no. 35 Anastasija Sevastova eliminates tournament qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko to reach the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Sevastova sweeps the Ukrainian world no. 62 Bondarenko 7-6, 6-3 in a one-and-a-half hour first round match. The win improves Sevastova to a 2-3 record against Bondarenko. Sevastova has now won two consecutive matches over Bondarenko. Including this Tokyo victory, Sevastova has also beaten Bondarenko in the round of thirty-two of this year’s US Open to take both of the pair’s matches in 2016.
Anastasia Sevastova sets up a second round match with 2016 Toray Pan Pacific first seed Garbine Muguruza. Anastasija Sevastova stunned the world no. 3 Garbine Muguruza, to win the pair’s first ever match, during the round of sixty-four of this year’s US Open.
Belarus world no. 107 Aliaksandra Sasnovich stuns Belgium’s world no. 51 Yanina Wickmayer to advance to the second round in Tokyo. Sasnovich wins two straight sets, after dropping the first to Wickmayer, for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 comeback win in a one-hour and forty-minute first round match. This is just the second first round victory for Aliaksandra Sasnovich in her last six WTA tournaments. Sasnovich also gets first blood over Wickmayer in the pair’s singles head to head match record.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich will face 2016 US Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova in the second round of the 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open. Their upcoming match in Tokyo is the first ever meeting for Aliaksandra Sasnovich and the world no. 6 Karolina Pliskova.
Slovakian world no. 12 Dominika Cibulkova reaches the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open with a comeback win over Czech world no. 43 Lucie Safarova. Cibulkova wins back-to-back frames after dropping the first set to Safarova for a 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 come-from-behind win in a marathon two hour and twenty-five minute first round match. The win improves Dominika Cibulkova to a 5-2 singles match record over Lucie Safarova.
Up next for Dominika Cibulkova is a second round match with Japanese teen Naomi Osaka. The upcoming 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open meeting is the first ever match for Dominika Cibulkova and the world no. 66 Naomi Osaka.
The Czech Republic’s world no. 16 Petra Kvitova stamps her second round ticket by defeating American world no. 70 Madison Brengle. Kvitova routs Brengle with a 6-3, 6-3 sweep after a one hour and twelve minute first round match. Kvitova is looking up to form that gave her a round of sixteen exit to eventual champion Angelique Kerber in this year’s US Open. Petra Kvitova has now taken the first round match in sixteen out of seventeen WTA tournaments joined this year.
The seventh seeded Petra Kvitova will face Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig in round two of the Tokyo tournament. Puig defeated Kvitova in the semifinals of the Rio Open. Their upcoming Toray Pan Pacific meeting will be the first ever WTA match for Monica Puig and Petra Kvitova.
In other 2016 Toray Pan Pacific Open results, 2016 Japan Women’s Tennis Open doubles champions Shuko Aoyama and Makoto Ninomiya advance to round two by defeating the doubles team of Japan’s Nao Hibino and Poland’s Alicja Rosolska. Doubles world no. 47 Aoyama and doubles world no. 68 Ninomiya outlast doubles world no. 89 Hibino and doubles world no. 69 Rosolska with a 7-6, 2-6, 10-8 victory after a one hour and twenty-seven minute first round match.
Shuko Aoyama and Makoto Ninomiya will face the doubles team of Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in round two of the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Doubles world no. 42 Gabriela Dabrowski and doubles world no. 64 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez moves through to round two with an upset win over Toray Pan Pacific fourth seeds Andreja Klepac and Katarina Srebotnik. Dabrowski and Martinez Sanchez stun the all-Czech team of Klepac and Srebotnik with a 6-4, 6-4 straight sets win after a one hour and twenty-three minute first round match.
Toray Pan Pacific second seeds Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova survive Japanese locals Misaki Doi and Kurumi Nara to reach the second round of the Tokyo doubles draw. Mirza and Strycova recover by winning back-to-back frames after dropping the first to Doi and Nara for a 6-7, 7-5, 10-8 come-from-behind victory in a two-hour first round match.
Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova will face the doubles team of Japan’s Miyu Kato and China’s Yifan Xu in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific doubles draw.
2016 Toray Pan Pacific top seeds Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan fall to the all-Chinese team of Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang to drop out of the tournament in the very first round. Liang and Yang stun the Chan sisters with a 1-6, 6-4, 10-5 comeback win after a one hour and seven minute match.
Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang will face the winner of the first round match between the doubles team of the USA’s Nicole Melichar and Thailand’s Varatchaya Wongteanchai versus the doubles team of Australia’s Arina Rodionova and Ukrainian Olga Savchuk in the second round of the Tokyo doubles draw.