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Safina, seeking LA repeat, advances to 2nd round

Safina, seeking LA repeat, advances to 2nd round

Dinara Safina started her bid for a second straight Los Angeles Women's Tennis Championships title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova on Wednesday.
Safina, 23, who used last year's championship as a springboard that took her to No. 1 on April 20, grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first set, got another service break to go up 5-2, and won it on her third set point after going to deuce five times.
In the second set, Safina got the last of her five service breaks to take a 4-3 lead and finished the 89-minute match in routine fashion. It was Safina's fifth win in eight matches against Hantuchova and her third win without a loss this year.
Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka was scheduled to meet Maria Sharapova, and No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki was due to face Sorana Cirstea in matches Wednesday night.
Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia advanced with a three-set win over China's Peng Shuai late Tuesday night and will face Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer in the third round. Wickmayer beat American qualifier Jill Craybas, 7-6 (2), 6-1 on Wednesday.
She was joined in the third round by No. 5 seed Nadia Petrova Russia, a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 winner over Israel's Shahar Peer.
In other matches, No. 8 seed Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska beat Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-2, 6-1; No. 10 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy eliminated young American wild card Coco Vandeweghe 6-2, 6-4; No. 13 Samantha Stosur of Australia topped Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-4; and No. 14 Zheng Jie of China beat Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to set up a third-round match with Safina.


Updated : 2021-10-18 06:21 GMT+08:00