Wozniacki makes it 18 straight in New Haven

02:02, Aug 21 2012

Caroline Wozniacki beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3 today in the first round of the New Haven Open, her 18th consecutive victory at the tournament.

Wozniacki, the four-time defending champion, didn't get a bye this year after being seeded third behind Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova.

She will face Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden in the second round. Arvidsson beat Melanie Oudin 6-4, 6-1.

Sara Errani rallied from being 2-5 down in the second set for a 6-4, 7-5 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Maria Kirilenko of Russia had an easier time, winning her first-round match 6-2, 6-2 over Shahar Peer of Israel.

Playing in only the third WTA main draw of her career, reigning U.S. college champion Nicole Gibbs also won, beating fellow qualifier Alexa Glatch 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.

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