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Most Seeds March On in Estoril

Five of the six seeds in action Tuesday at the Estoril Open advanced, with Maria Kirilenko having the most dramatic path to victory.

Published May 05, 2009 12:00

Most Seeds March On in Estoril
Maria Kirilenko

ESTORIL, Portugal - Monday was an upset-free day at the Estoril Open, and five of the six seeds in action Tuesday moved on, so only one of the eight seeds will be missing from the round of 16.

No.2 seed Maria Kirilenko had the most dramatic path to victory. The Russian had to be treated for heat illness during her three-hour, 16-minute marathon with qualifier Sharon Fichman, but ultimately survived, 67(8) 64 63. She is seeking her sixth Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title and second in Estoril after winning here last year. She'll next play María Emilia Salerni, a 64 64 winner over Julie Coin.

No.4 seed Sabine Lisicki, who won her first Tour singles title in Charleston last month, disposed of Kirsten Flipkens, 62 62. In the second round, the 19-year-old German will play qualifier Elena Bovina, who stymied fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, 61 63. No.6 seed Ekaterina Makarova, who reached her first career Tour singles final in Fès last week, raised her record against Petra Cetkovska to 3-0 with a 64 63 victory to set up an encounter with Melinda Czink. The Hungarian, who is coming off a final four showing in Fès, stopped qualifier Eva Fernández-Brugues, 75 75.

On the top half of the draw, No.3 seed Sorana Cirstea rebounded from an opening round loss in Fès to edge 38-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm, 62 16 62. The Romanian's second round opponent will be Maret Ani, a semifinalist here last year. The Estonian handled wildcard Frederica Piedade, 60 76(4). After losing the opening set, No.7 seed Shahar Peer rolled over lucky loser Michelle Larcher de Brito, 46 60 60. In five career sets against Larcher de Brito (Peer won their other match in straight sets in Miami last year), Peer has won three of them, 6-0. To reach the quarters the Israeli will have to get past Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who beat qualifier Sílvia Soler Espinosa, 75 64.

The only seed to go down Tuesday was No.5 seed Petra Kvitova, who fell to Yanina Wickmayer, 62 64. In the next round, the Belgian will play Olga Govortsova, a 61 62 winner over lucky loser Ekaterina Ivanova. All eight second round matches will be played Wednesday.

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