Mauresmo, Hingis advance in Prague

Top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo ousted Russia's Vera Dushevina 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes in the German Open second round on Wednesday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:40 IST
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Berlin:Top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo's first tour appearance since late March was a quick one - she ousted Russia's Vera Dushevina 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes in the German Open second round on Wednesday. Mauresmo, who mainly rested since her last tournament in late March, led the top six seeds into the third round. Nadia Petrova, defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, Patty Schnyder, Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova - the only one of the top six to play three sets - advanced, and Mauresmo was probably the happiest. After an intense start to the year with three titles, including her maiden Grand Slam championship in Melbourne, Mauresmo took a hiatus she interrupted only for Fed Cup. ''I was not expecting to play my best tennis, but I expected to play solid tennis - and I did that today,'' said the two-time German Open champ. Second-seeded Petrova beat fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 7-6 (3) and improved to 11-0 on clay this year after sweeping both American events at Amelia Island and Charleston. When Petrova lost last year's final to Henin-Hardenne, she was still seeking a singles title. Since then, she has won three of her last four events and become one of the early French Open favorites. ''I'm a completely different person this year - win or lose it doesn't bother me,'' Petrova said. Third-seeded Henin-Hardenne beat Italy's Mara Santangelo 6-4, 6-1 and improved her record to 21-1 in a tournament she's won three times. No. 4 Patty Schnyder beat Estonia's Maret Ani, 6-1, 6-4, No. 5 Dementieva led Julia Vakulenko 6-3, 2-0 when the Ukrainian retired from dizziness, and No. 6 Kuznetsova saw off Germany's Martina Muller 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. Germany's biggest hope, No. 7 Anna-Lena Groenefeld, was the highest seed to exit, to Catalina Castano of Colombia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, but No. 8 Daniela Hantuchova outlasted Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-4, 0-6, 6-1. Martina Hingis, the 1999 champ, beat Germany's Julia Schruff 6-4, 6-3 and set up a rematch with Dementieva, who beat Hingis at Tokyo in February in the only final the Swiss star has reached since her comeback this year. Hingis hoped for a different result on Thursday on clay. ''I have nothing to lose - I only won two games, but you have to believe in yourself,'' Hingis said. Six Russians in total advanced, including 10th-seeded Dinara Safina, 15th-seeded Maria Kirilenko - who meets Henin-Hardenne next - and Anna Chakvetadze, whose upset of 16th-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues put her in line to play Mauresmo. (AP)

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