Defending champion Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and Italian qualifier Karin Knapp won in straight sets to advance to the second round of the Grand Prix SAR on Tuesday.
Serena Williams carried her relentless form into the New Year with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Alize Cornet on Tuesday at the Brisbane International, where Maria Sharapova withdrew and two other highly ranked players went out in the second round.
Caroline Wozniacki's first trip to the Brisbane International ended in a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) first-round loss to Kazakhstan qualifier Ksenia Pervak on Monday. She quickly followed up by dismissing speculation about an engagement to golf No. 1 Rory McIlroy.
Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur advanced to the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals with straight-sets victories Thursday, while top-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov bowed out of the men's event.