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Kuznetsova Scores 500th Win In Pattaya

Svetlana Kuznetsova secured the 500th win of her career and her first of the year in the first round of the PTT Pattaya Open on Monday.

Published January 27, 2014 12:12

Kuznetsova Scores 500th Win In Pattaya
Svetlana Kuznetsova

PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - Svetlana Kuznetsova became one of 10 active players with at least 500 pro match wins with a defeat of Zhang Shuai in the first round of the PTT Pattaya Open on Monday.

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After taking a 60 53 lead, the second-seeded Kuznetsova had a bit of trouble closing out her Chinese foe, losing three straight games before forcing a tie-break that she was victorious in for a 60 76(3) triumph - her third in three meetings with Zhang and her first win of the season.

With a career record of 500-233, Kuznetsova joined Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Tamarine Tanasugarn, Jelena Jankovic, Francesca Schiavone, Nadia Petrova, Flavia Pennetta, Daniela Hantuchova and Maria Sharapova in the 500-win club.

No.1 seed Sabine Lisicki, last year's Pattaya City runner-up, survived a 75 26 64 battle with Donna Vekic. Also advancing was No.8 seed Peng Shuai, 61 76(1), over Patricia Mayr-Achleitner. There was one upset, with Karolina Pliskova a 62 64 winner over No.7 seed Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a rematch of last year's Kuala Lumpur final, which was also won by the Czech.

Securing her 300th career match win was another Czech, Andrea Hlavackova, a 62 64 victor over Estrella Cabeza Candela. And despite facing nine break points, Alison Riske did not surrender a game against Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Booking main draw berths with triumphs in the final round of qualifying were Aleksandra Krunic, Alexandra Dulgheru, Alla Kudryavtseva and Olga Savchuk.

There was a big surprise in doubles, with Noppawan Lertcheewakarn and Vera Zvonareva knocking off No.1 seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina fresh off the Russians' runner-up showing at the Australian Open.

Third-seeded Sorana Cirstea, fourth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and two-time Pattaya City champion Vera Zvonareva are among those on Tuesday's schedule.

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