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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:19

The 22-year-old Vesnina won the first set but was then pegged back by her fellow Russian before running away with the third to prevail 6-4 3-6 6-0.

Also in the second round, eighth seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia overcame Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova 7-5 6-4.

The remainder of Monday’s matches were first-round encounters.

Ninth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska and 15th seed Anna Chakvetadze of Russia suffered surprise straight-sets exits at the hands of Polish qualifier Urszula Radwanska and Japanese lucky loser Ayumi Morita, 6-4 6-3 and 7-5 6-2 respectively.

There were no such worries for French duo Alize Cornet and Marion Bartoli. Number 10 seed Cornet defeated Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-4 6-1 while 11th-seeded Bartoli saw off Japan’s Ai Sugiyama 6-0 4-6 7-6 (8/6).

There was also straightforward passages to the second round for Slovakian 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova – a 6-4 6-2 victor over Romania’s Sorana Cirstea – and Spanish 14th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, who defeated Slovenia’s Andreja Klepac 6-3 6-1.

Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova eased past Swiss wild card Stefanie Voegele 7-5 6-2.

Also through to round two are Romania’s Monica Niculescu, Ukraine’s Alona Bondarenko, Francesca Schiavone of Italy, Australian Samantha Stosur, Sania Mirza of India and Frenchwomen Virginie Razzano and Camille Pin.

The top seed in this hardcourt event is world number one Serena Williams, who received a first-round bye.

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