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Terrific Tuesday For Seeds

All eight seeds at the Tashkent Open are through to the round of 16, including straight set winner Alexandra Duglheru.

Published September 21, 2010 12:00

Terrific Tuesday For Seeds
Alexandra Dulgheru

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - All seven seeds in action Tuesday at the Tashkent Open were victorious, completing an upset-free first round.

No.1 seed Alexandra Dulgheru, playing her first match since her third round defeat to Vera Zvonareva at the US Open, rallied from a 5-3 second set deficit to close out Kurumi Nara, 62 75.

"Kurumi was a tough competitor and played extremely well, said Dulgheru, who is currently at her career-high ranking of No.27. "I'm happy to come through."

Next up for Dulgheru is Ekaterina Bychkova, who edged Sania Mirza in three sets. Another Romanian, No.5 seed Monica Niculescu, was also pushed but outlasted 16-year-old qualifier Zarina Diyas, 63 67(2) 62.

"I did not play much since the US Open until I came to Tashkent on Thursday and began preparing," Niculescu said. "I feel better now after getting into a rhythm during the match. Zarina is young and is going to be a great player and I am sure she has the skills to be in the Top 100 if she is injury free. She has a good first serve and good groundstrokes as well."

Fan favorite Akgul Amanmuradova, who was born in and still lives in Tashkent, beat qualifier Eirini Georgatou, 64 63, to set up a second round match-up with Jill Craybas. The two-time Tashkent runner-up, seeded second this week, will have her hands full, as she is 0-5 in her career against the American, including two losses this year.

Third-seeded Anna Chakvetadze appeared back on track after a first round loss at the US Open, racing out to a 4-0 first set lead in her 63 75 win against Zuzana Kucova. Sixth-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova, seventh-seeded Alla Kudryavtseva and eighth-seeded Maria Elena Camerin advanced as well.

All eight second round matches will be played Wednesday.

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