Safina cruises through
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:23
Fourth seed Elena Dementieva survived a second-set scare before progressing 6-0 3-6 6-3 at the expense of compatriot Anastasia Pivovarova.
Another Russian, Svetlana Kuznetsova, was forced to come from a set down to beat Tamira Paszek 2-6 7-5 6-1.
Ana Ivanovic, the seventh seed from Serbia, defeated Mariya Koryttseva of Ukraine 6-0 6-3, but Monterrey Open winner Marion Bartoli, the 12th seed here, crashed out in straight sets against the unseeded Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus.
Two seeds, Sybille Bammer and Alona Bondarenko, had nightmare outings, claiming just three games between them.
Bammer, seeded 27th, was ousted 6-1 6-1 by Australian Samantha Stosur, while 28th seed Bondarenko was hammered 6-1 6-0 by former world number seven Nicole Vaidisova.
There were no such woes for 13th-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who defeated Jelena Dokic of Australia 6-3 5-7 6-2, while Victoria Azarenka, the 11th seed from Belarus, posted a straight-sets win over Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
There were also wins for Flavia Pennetta, Patty Schnyder, Amelie Mauresmo, Anna Chakvetadze, Alisa Kleybanova, Agnes Szavay and Carla Suarez-Navarro.