August 5, 2009

Top seeds advance in Los Angeles

Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva, the top two seeds, took different paths Wednesday into the third round of the Los Angeles Women's Open.

Safina, the top seed and coming off a tournament victory at the Slovenia Open, recorded a routine 6-2, 6-4 victory over Daniela Hantuchova. That set up a third-round match with Jie Zheng, who ousted Elena Vesnina 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

Zvonareva had a much more difficult time in getting past the second round, but she eventually defeated Shuai Peng 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). Next up for Zvonareva will be Yanina Wickmayer, who won over Jill Craybas 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.

In other second-round matches Wednesday, No. 5 seed Nadia Petrova eliminated Shahar Peer 6-4, 2-6, 6-3; No. 7 Dominika Cibulkova fell to Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 6-4; and Samantha Stosur was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Maria Kirilenko.

Stosur defeated Serena Williams in the quarterfinals in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford last week.