Apia International 2017: Monday Sydney Tennis Scores, Results, Updated Schedule

Chris LakerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2017

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09:  Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia plays a forehand shot in her first round match against Laura Siegemund of Germany during day two of the 2017 Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 9, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
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Third-seed Dominika Cibulkova comfortably overcame Laura Siegemund 6-2, 6-0 to progress to the second round of the 2017 Apia International in Sydney on Monday.

Cibulkova was the highest seed in action in the main draw and proved far too strong against Siegemund, who was dismantled on Court 1.

Elsewhere there were wins for Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta, while in the men's draw, fifth-seed Philipp Kohlschreiber ended the challenge of Fabio Fognini.

Apia International Sydney 2017: Monday Results
Women's DrawScore
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova bt Samantha Stosur6-3, 6-1
(10) Caroline Wozniacki bt Monica Puig6-3, 2-6, 6-4
(3) Dominika Cibulkova bt Laura Siegemund6-2, 6-0
(6) Johanna Konta bt Arina Rodionova6-3, 6-4
CoCo Vandeweghe bt (8) Elena Vesnina6-2, 4-0 (ret)
(9) Roberta Vinci bt Maria Sakkari6-4, 6-0
Barbora Strycova bt Ekaterina Makarova6-3, 7-5
Christina McHale bt Kateryna Bondarenko4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Ying-Ying Duan bt Irina Falconi7-5, 3-6, 6-0
Daria Gavrilova vs. Donna Vekic6-3, 7-6
Men's DrawScore
Matthew Barton bt Kyle Edmund7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
(5) Philipp Kohlschreiber bt Fabio Fognini6-4, 6-4
Gastao Elias bt Christopher O'Connell6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-1
Paolo Lorenzi bt Florian Mayer7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)
Daniel Evans bt Thiago Monteiro6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Apia International

 

Apia International Sydney 2017: Tuesday Schedule
Ken Rosewall Arena
Alex De Minaurvs.Benoit Paire
(1) Angelique Kerbervs.Daria Kasatkina
Daria Gavrilovavs.(6) Johanna Konta
Thanasi Kokkinakis vs. Jordan Thompson
Show Court 1
(3) Dominika Cibulkovavs.Eugenie Bouchard
(6) Gilles Mullervs.Alexandr Dolgopolov
Santiago Giraldovs.(8) Marcel Granollers
Christina McHalevs.(2) Agnieszka Radwanska
Court 3
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovavs.(5) Svetlana Kuznetsova
Mischa Zverevvs.Nicolas Almagro
(10) Caroline Wozniackivs.Yulia Putintseva
CoCo Vandeweghevs.Ying-Ying Duan
Court 4
Barbora Strycovavs.(9) Roberta Vinci
Andrey Kuznetsovvs.(7) Martin Klizan
(1) Sania Mirza & Barbora Strycovavs.Andrea Hlavackova & Shuai Peng
Liezel Huber & Maria Sanchezvs.Daria Gavrilova & Daria Kasatkina
Apia International

 

Recaps

It was only the second time Cibulkova and Siegemund had faced each other on court, with the former winning their first encounter in Wuhan, China, in September 2016.

And it was Slovakia star Cibulkova who showed her intent from the start, racing into a 3-0 lead in the opening set.

Siegemund, ranked 29th in the world, offered some resistance to break serve and get back to 3-2, but she couldn't build on that momentum as she lost her own service game twice more to hand Cibulkova the set.

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Matters were to get worse for Germany's Siegemund, and she was completely steamrollered in a 6-0 second set, which puts Cibulkova through to face Eugenie Bouchard in the next round.

Per the tournament's website, Cibulkova said of the match afterwards:

I just felt pretty good, you know, overall when I practice here, and of course match and practice is different story, but I was ready.

I knew it was going to be tough, but I had very good answers for her good shots. I was really solid, and when I had the chance, I was going for my shots.

The WTA's Twitter account showed how Cibulkova sealed the victory:

Caroline Wozniacki, the 10th seed, took over two hours to see off the challenge of Olympic champion Monica Puig.

The first set saw Wozniacki take a commanding lead that she held on to, winning it 6-3 on her fourth set point.

Puig fought back well in the second, stunning her opponent from Denmark by storming into a 4-0 lead. Although Wozniacki rallied to win a break back, Puig comfortably closed the set out 6-2 to take it into a decider.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a forehand shot in her first round match against Monica Puig of Puerto Rico during day two of the 2017 Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 9, 2017 in Syd
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The final set was a real battle, taking just under an hour. It was Wozniacki who held her nerve to claim it 6-4 and move through to a matchup with Yulia Putintseva.

Britain's Johanna Konta, number six seed in Sydney, beat Arina Rodionova in straight sets.

Johanna Konta of Britain hits a return to Arina Rodionova of Australia during their women's singles first round match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney on January 9, 2017. / AFP / PETER PARKS / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STR
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After sharing the first four games, Konta wrested control to edge ahead and take the first set 6-3.

Konta, born in Sydney, continued her form into the second set to ease into a 5-1 lead. But Rodionova showed her stomach for a fight to peg it back to 5-4 and put the pressure on Konta to serve it out. And she did just that to set up a clash with Daria Gavrilova.

In the men's section, Kohlschreiber had to tough it out against Fognini to win in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

After a scrappy start that saw both players drop their serve, Kohlschreiber held firm to lead the match. And it was the German who took the initiative early on in the next set and fought off the stubborn Fognini to go through.