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Kuznetsova overcomes initial bump to advance at U.S. Open; Djokovic wins easily

Kuznetsova overcomes initial bump to advance at U.S. Open; Djokovic wins easily

Former champion and fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame an early break point to dominate Klara Zakopalova 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday and put herself in the second round of the U.S. Open.
No. 3 men's seed Novak Djokovic had no trouble at all, facing only one break point the entire match and easily beating Robin Haase of the Netherlands, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.
The first top-10 seed to go was No. 9 Daniela Hantuchova, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 loser to Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine.
The 81st-ranked Zakopalova pushed Kuznetsova to break point in the opening game, but succumbed three points later and lost the opening set in 25 minutes. Kuznetsova, who made 70 percent of her first serves, and Zakopalova traded three consecutive breaks to leave the Russian ahead 5-3 in the second set, and she served out in her first step of a bid to repeat her 2004 title.
"In the second set, I wasn't playing so good, so I was just trying to get the ball back," Kuznetsova said. "I have to improve. I have to be more careful about my feet."
Djokovic was to have faced Mario Ancic according to the original draw, but the Croatian withdrew due to an injured right shoulder and Haase took his spot as a lucky loser.
The Serbian won 87 percent of the points on his first serve, and jumped all over Haase's second serve to win in one hour, 36 minutes.
"It's always good to get the first matches done in the fastest possible way," Djokovic said. "You know, a lot of people expected a great match between me and Ancic. I'm sure it would be a good match to see."
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia claimed the first upset of the day, eliminating No. 23 Tathiana Garbin 6-4, 6-3.
The men also lost two more seeds, No. 32 Ivo Karlovic, a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 4-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4 loser to Arnaud Clement of France; and No. 29 Filippo Volandri, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Michael Llodra of France, making five women's and six men's victims in the first two days.
Other results included No. 6 James Blake over Michael Russell 7-6 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the only first-round match between Americans of a draw that featured 20 men from the United States.
Also, No. 16 Lleyton Hewitt beat Amer Delic of the United States 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round and was joined by Argentineans Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco.
The 20th-seeded Chela overwhelmed Michael McClune of the United States, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (0), and No. 23 Monaco beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
No. 12 Ivan Ljubicic beat Kristof Vliegen of Belgium, 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-1 and 15th-seeded David Ferrer defeated Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Hewitt won all 16 points on his serve in the final set and never faced a break point.
"I just tried to mix my serve, smartly, to not let him get a rhythm," Hewitt said. "I felt I was playing on my terms."
On the women's side, No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze, No. 7 Nadia Petrova and Swiss Patty Schnyder and Martina Hingis all advanced in straight sets.
Chakvetadze blew away Ashley Weinhold of the United States in 46 minutes, 6-1, 6-1; Petrova won likewise over Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-3, 6-1; No. 11 Schnyder defeated Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-0, and the 16th-seeded Hingis moved past Mathilde Johansson of France by a reverse score of 6-0, 6-3.
Other results had No. 13 Nicole Vaidisova beating Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia, 6-1, 6-2; No. 22 Katarina Srebotnik over Australia's Alicia Molik 6-2, 6-2 and No. 26 Sania Mirza defeating Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1.
The second day began just like the opener, with sunny skies, slightly warmer 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) and 51 percent humidity. With a second day of optimum weather, the U.S. Open broke the attendance record for a day session, attracting 36,886 to eclipse the mark of 36,830 set Sept. 3, 2006.
Second-seeded Maria Sharapova and No. 5 men's seed Andy Roddick were to play the featured night matches Tuesday. Sharapova was to face Italy's Roberta Vinci while Roddick was to open against fellow American Justin Gimelstob, the same man he defeated in straight sets to begin Wimbledon earlier this year.