Safina safely through in Stuttgart


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

Russian Safina, who moved to the top of the women’s rankings last week, underlined her billing as favourite to win the indoor claycourt event with an emphatic 6-0 6-1 win over her unseeded Italian opponent.

Elena Dementieva also progressed with a three-set victory over Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

Dementieva, the second seed from Russia, looked a little nervy after dropping the second set against her unseeded opponent but claimed an early break in the decider to swing the momentum back in her favour before posting a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win.

Seventh-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki also progressed with a 6-3 7-5 triumph over Iveta Benesova while Agnieszka Radwanska, the eighth seed from Poland, moved into the next round with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-0 win over Aleksandra Wozniak.

Li Na defeated fellow Chinese Peng Shuai 6-2 6-3 while there were also wins for Tsvetana Pironkova, Gisela Dulko and Agnes Szavay.


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