Dementieva advances in Kremlin Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

French and US Open runner-up Elena Dementieva defeated Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Kremlin Cup.

Dementieva advances in Kremlin Cup

Moscow:

French and US Open runner-up Elena Dementieva defeated Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the $2.3 million Kremlin Cup. American Venus Williams also advanced in her first match since losing to Lindsay Davenport in the fourth round of the US Open, eliminating Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova 6-4, 6-4. The fifth-seeded Dementieva was one of four Russian women ranked in the top 20 that won in straight sets yesterday. Sixth-seeded Vera Zvonareva breezed past Nathalie Dechy of France 6-0, 6-2; eighth-seeded Nadia Petrova disposed of Argentina's Paola Suares 7-5, 6-4; and unseeded Elena Bovina needed just 52 minutes to beat Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-3. The sixth-ranked Dementieva, who will turn 23 on Friday, jumped to a 4-0 lead and won the opening set in 26 minutes. In the second set, both players held serve until Dementieva broke Schnyder in the seventh game for a 4-3 lead. She consolidated the lead by winning on her serve and then broke the Swiss again to complete the victory in 65 minutes. In the second round, she will take on Croatian qualifier Sanda Mamic, who upset French veteran Mary Pierce 6-0, 6-4. Bovina, ranked 19th, was drawn to play top seed Amelie Mauresmo in the second round, but the Frenchwoman withdrew because of a thigh injury. (AP)

Topics : Tennis
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