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Sania starts the year with a victory

Auckland: Sania Mirza made a winning start to the new season, getting the better of Swiss Stefanie Voegele 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 a first round encounter of the $220,000 ASB Classic WTA tournament here on Tuesday.

Momentum continued

Meanwhile Kim Clijsters’ career comeback continued to gather momentum on Tuesday with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Australia’s Alicia Molik at the Brisbane International.

The results:

At Brisbane: Brisbane International:

Men: First round: Gael Monfils bt Taylor Dent 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 6-2; Florent Serra bt Julian Reister 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 7-5; Matthew Ebden bt Juergen Melzer 7-5, 6-1; James Blake bt Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Marcos Baghdatis bt Mardy Fish 7-5, 7-5; Tomas Berdych bt Nick Lindahl 6-2, 6-4. Women: Second round: Andrea Petkovic bt Vania King 4-6, 6-2, 6-1; Melinda Czink bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 2-6, 6-1; Kim Clijsters bt Alicia Molik 6-0, 6-3.

At Auckland: ASB Auckland Classic: Women: First round: Francesca Schiavone bt Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-2, 6-3; Alize Cornet bt Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-3; Kaia Kanepi bt Li Na 6-1, 6-3; Shahar Peer bt Polona Hercog 7-5, 6-3; Virginie Razzano bt Monica Niculescu 7-5, 6-4; Carla Suarez Navarro bt Edina Gallovits 6-4, 7-5; Sania Mirza bt Stefanie Voegele 5-7, 6-1, 7-5; Elena Vesnina bt Alberta Brianti 6-1, 6-4; Maria Kirilenko bt Tatjana Malek 6-2, 6-3.

At Qatar: Qatar Open: Men: First round: Ernests Gulbis bt Albert Montanes 6-2, 7-5; Potito Starace bt Frederico Gil 6-2, 6-0; Ivo Karlovic bt Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-4; Marco Chiudinelli bt Paolo Lorenzi 7-5, 6-3; Sergiy Stakhovsky bt Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(11), 6-2; Evgeny Korolev bt Martin Vassallo Arguello 6-2, 6-3; Olivier Rochus bt Abdulla Hajji 6-1, 6-0 . — Agencies

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