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Zvonareva triumphs at WTA tennis

2010-08-04 05:41:16 GMT2010-08-04 13:41:16 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva (pictured) has defeated Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 in her first match at the 700,000-US dollar WTA SanDiego Open. It was the first match for the third-seeded Russian since she lost to US star Serena Williams in the Wimbledon championship match.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Stephen Dunn)

Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva defeated Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 on Tuesday in her first match at the 700,000-dollar WTA San Diego Open.

It was the first match for the third-seeded Russian since she lost to US star Serena Williams in the Wimbledon championship match.

Zvonareva, ranked ninth, breezed through the first set but was pushed to a third as Cibulkova battled back.

But Zvonareva answered the challenge, showing no sign of a right hamstring injury that saw her withdraw last week at Stanford.

Next up for Zvonareva will be US qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, who advanced when Argentina's Gisela Dulko retired with a sprained right ankle after losing the first nine games.

Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska defeated South African Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 6-3 to book a date in the round of 16 against Russian Dinara Safina, who snapped a six-match losing streak on Monday.

China's Zheng Jie defeated American Shenay Perry 6-3, 6-2 while Israeli seventh seed Shahar Peer ousted Serbian Ana Ivanovic 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

Italian fifth seed Flavia Pennetta downed Ukranian Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 7-5 and will next face Russian Maria Kirilenko, who outlasted Japan's Kurumi Nara 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3.

(Agencies)

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