Sveta Outlasts Anastasia
Published August 17, 2010 12:00
MONTRÉAL, Canada - The day session of the Rogers Cup yielded no upsets, with all five seeds in action - including recent San Diego champion Svetlana Kuznetsova - making it past their first round opponents.
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Kuznetsova, the No.11 seed at the $2-million tournament, was pushed close by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for two sets but ran away with the third for a 75 46 61 victory. Pavlyuchenkova had won nine of her last 10 matches - winning Istanbul and reaching the semifinals of Cincinnati; but Kuznetsova overcame.
"I was struggling on the court, but I'm glad that period is finished," said Kuznetsova, whose title in San Diego was her first time passing the quarters of any Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event since last fall. "Now I'm confident. And I love the atmosphere here, and the city. I like the atmosphere of Canada."
In other matches involving seeds, No.10 seed Victoria Azarenka rolled past Kateryna Bondarenko, 61 61; No.15 seed Flavia Pennetta rallied from 3-5 in the second set to beat Daniela Hantuchova, 60 75; No.17 seed Marion Bartoli crushed Canadian wildcard Valérie Tétreault, 61 60; and No.18 seed Nadia Petrova edged Lucie Safarova in a tight one, 75 46 63.
Zheng Jie, Alisa Kleybanova, Maria Kirilenko, Agnes Szavay, qualifiers Ekaterina Makarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and lucky loser Kimiko Date Krumm also scored first round wins under hot, sunny skies.