Elena Vesnina, who advanced to the finals of the Family Circle Cup last year, began her 2012 tournament with a 7-6 (10), 7-5 victory over Stephanie Dubois of Canada today on Daniel Island.
Vesnina, a 25-year-old from Russia, lost to Caroline Wozniacki in last year’s championship match. She’s ranked No. 53 in the world.
The Family Circle Cup got underway this morning with 51st-ranked Galina Voskoboeva and No. 68 Lucie Hradecka advancing to the second round.
Voskoboeva, from Kazakhstan, was up 4-3 in the first set against No. 119 Jelena Dokic when Dokic had to retire with injury.
Hradecka, from the Czech Republic, took a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Urszula Radwanska of Poland.
Young American players Christina McHale and Melanie Oudin are set to play later today.
Monday’s results Galina Voskoboeva d. Jelena Dokic, 4-3, ret.
Lucie Hradecka d. Urszula Radwanska, 6-1, 6-4
Elena Vesnia d. Stephanie DuBois, 7-6 (10), 7-5
Kateryna Bondarenko d. Olga Govortsova, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4