Elena Baltacha makes winning start in California

Elena Baltacha
Baltacha faces third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the next round

British number one Elena Baltacha is through to the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open after a comprehensive win over Melanie Oudin.

Baltacha beat the American 6-0 6-1 in Carlsbad, California.

The world number 60 said: "It's certainly one of the best performances I've had at a WTA Premier event, because the opposition is always really strong at these tournaments."

The 27-year-old faces third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the next round.

"I'm absolutely delighted with that win," added Baltacha as she searches for her first WTA Tour title.

"I played a very solid match from the first point to the last and to do that at this level is a big encouragement for me.

"This is a match I want to build on because every match I play is great preparation for the US Open, which starts at the end of this month.

"I'm looking forward to playing Radwanska. I played her once before, at the French Open a couple of years ago, and played pretty well against her.

"I'll have lots of confidence and I'll feel like I have nothing to lose because she's expected to win."

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