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Gael Monfils and Stanislas Wawrinka claimed straight-set wins Monday in first-round play at the $1.23 million Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo. Monfils, seeded fourth, used three service breaks to dispatch Marsel Ilhan in 66 minutes.
Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko and No. 3-seed Robin Soderling each won Wednesday and advanced to the third round of the $847,750 Malaysian Open. Davydenko took out wild-card entrant Taylor Dent 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) with a very steady performance.
Marat Safin defeated No. 5-seeded Philipp Petzschner Tuesday, advancing to the second round of the $608,500 Thailand Open. Safin finished strong in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Petzschner.
Second-seeded Serena Williams and No. 3 Venus Williams pulled off victories in straight sets Wednesday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open. Serena Williams needed just 53 minutes to dispose of Melinda Czink in an evening match.
Serena Williams began defense of her U.S. Open crown with an easy victory Monday on the first day of the final tennis Grand Slam of the year. Williams, second seed and three-time champion, posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over fellow American Alexa Glatch as she seeks her third Grand Slam title of 2009.
Germans Philipp Petzschner and Andreas Beck were among Monday's winners in the opening round of the men's Hamburg Open. Petzschner posted a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 victory over France's Florent Serra and Beck rallied from a set down for a 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spain's Oscar Hernandez. German Daniel
Reigning champion Tommy Robredo led Wednesday's winners at the Swedish Open tennis tournament in Bastad, Sweden. Robredo, the No. 3 seed and only player in the 28-man field ever to have won this event, beat unheralded Peter Luczak 6-2, 6-3 in a second-round match.
Maria Sharapova was ousted Wednesday but Serena Williams swept to a straight-set win Wednesday at the Wimbledon Championships in London. Sharapova, in her fourth tournament since returning from shoulder surgery, was defeated 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 by Gisela Dulko.
Fifth-seeded Sara Errani survived a third-set tiebreak Tuesday in taking a first-round win at the $600,000 Warsaw Open tennis tournament in Poland. Errani slipped by Greta Arn 6-2, 1-6 7-6 (7-2) despite falling behind 3-5 in the third set before forcing the decisive tiebreaker. No.
Local favorite Nicolas Kiefer rallied for a three-set victory Monday in first-round play of the $595,000 BMW Open tennis tournament in Germany. Kiefer, seeded sixth in the clay-court French Open tuneup in Munich, struggled through the first set before coming back for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Ernests Gulbis. Kiefer had his serve broken twice in the first set while Gulbis didn't face a break point.
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