Li, Radwanska reach 2nd round at Madrid Open
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Seeded women's players Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska overcame stubborn resistance to win their first-round matches at the Madrid Open on Monday.
The second-seeded Na held off Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 7-6 (7) before the third-seeded Radwanska ousted Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (3), 6-2 on the clay at the Magic Box.
In men's first-round play, ninth-seeded John Isner beat qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6 (8), 6-4, with the American securing the only break in a match heavy on baseline groundstrokes.
Also, 10th-seeded Kei Nishikori followed up his Barcelona Open triumph with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Ivan Dodig of Croatia.