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Defiant Wozniacki shows steel to fight back and edge through

Published 30/08/2016

Two-time US Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down for her first Grand Slam match win of 2016.

Wozniacki (below) beat American qualifier Taylor Townsend 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first ever match at the new 8,000-seat Grandstand. She lost in the first round at this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon and skipped the French Open because of a right ankle injury that forced her out for over two months.

The former World No. 1's ranking has slipped to 74th, and she's unseeded at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2007.

Angelique Kerber didn't have to work too hard to advance to the second round.

The second-seeded German led 6-0, 1-0 before her opponent, Slovenian Polona Hercog, retired in the midst of 90-degree temperature. Hercog complained of dizziness and cramping before bowing out of the match after just 33 minutes.

Kerber, reigning Australian Open champion, has a chance to overtake Venus Williams for the No. 1 ranking depending on results in New York.

Roberta Vinci got off to a flyer, the seventh-seeded Italian breezing to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over German Anna-Lena Friedsam.

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