Ana Konjuh began her 2014 season yesterday in as great a way as she could ever have imagined. The Croatian wild card, who turned 16 last week, defeated Auckland top seed Roberta Vinci 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Vinci is ranked number 14 in the world, which makes this a huge win for Konjuh. The teenager's next challenge will be to play Lauren Davis, who defeated Marina Erakovic in straight sets in the opening round.
In Brisbane, Dominika Cibulkova had to go three sets to get past Kimiko Date-Krumm, and in Shenzhen, top seed Li Na defeated Vera Zvonareva in the Russian's first WTA match in a year and a half.
Meanwhile, at the Hopman Cup event, Italy looked a lot better against Australia than it did against Poland. For one thing, Andreas Seppi recovered from his illness and was able to play. And though he lost in men's singles, he and Flavia Pennetta won the mixed doubles match, and Pennetta defeated Sam Stosur in women's singles.