Roberta Vinci and Caroline Wozniacki are both safely through to the second round of the Qatar Total Open.
Vinci is experiencing a late career renaissance, beating Serena Williams to reach the final of the US Open last year and winning her first tournament in three years in St. Petersburg a few weeks ago.
The 33-year-old Italian has finally realised her dream of entering the world’s top 10, and she looked every bit the part as she thumped Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-1 in Doha on Wednesday.
“It’s always tough to play in the first round,” Vinci said. “It was so windy. The court is a little bit strange. Sometimes it’s fast, sometimes it’s slow. It was completely different to Dubai last week.”
Asked what she put her recent resurgence down to, Vinci said her victory over Williams in the US Open had a big affect on her.
“Of course after the US Open my life has changed a little bit. I reached my first Grand Slam final at the US Open, I beat Serena and then I played well in China. Step by step. I’m in confident mood. I’m good. That’s why probably I’m in the top 10 right now.”
Wozniacki, meanwhile, had a far tougher time against Ana Konjuh.
The 18-year-old Croat stunned her Danish opponent by taking the first set, and Wozniacki had to dig deep before eking out a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory after more than two and a half hours.
Wozniacki next faces Australia’s Daria Gavrilova, who thrashed Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-1.
Other seeds in action on Monday included Timea Bacsinszky, who beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 6-3 and Elina Svitolina, who advanced with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Denisa Allertova.
There were also first-round wins for Sara Errani, Barbora Strycova and Caroline Vandeweghe.