Petrova defeats Kanepi

Updated: 05 April 2007 09:43 IST

Top-seeded Nadia Petrova needed just 78 minutes to beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-4, 6-0 on Tuesday in the second round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships.

Petrova defeats Kanepi

Florida:

Top-seeded Nadia Petrova needed just 78 minutes to beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-4, 6-0 on Tuesday in the second round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships.

It was Petrova's first clay court match of the year but after struggling in the first set, the world's No 7 ranked player breezed through the second set.

Kanepi only managed 13 points in the six games of the second set that took just 32 minutes to complete.

"The key was getting that first set under my belt and gaining some confidence," Petrova said. "I played with a little more freedom in that second set. I had to adjust to sliding on the court. It's quite difficult to judge the distance if you start sliding before you hit the ball."

Petrova had little problem with Kanepi's serve in the second set. She broke Kanepi three times, twice at love.

Petrova was one of six seeded players who played and won on Tuesday.

No 3-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives and fifth-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia also won in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5 over Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands.

Other seeded winners advancing were Katarina Srebotnik (No. 11) who beat Julia Vakulenko, Samantha Stosur (12) who was victorious over Virginia Ruano Pascual and Jie Zheng (15) who got by Mara Santangelo.

Unseeded Venus Williams was scheduled to meet Aravane Rezai in a Tuesday evening match. A win by Williams would pit her against No 4 seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland on Wednesday.

The Bausch & Lomb Championships is the first clay court event of the year on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour schedule.

It is the third oldest US event on the tour, held for a 28th consecutive year at the Amelia Island Plantation located alongside the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.

Topics : Tennis
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