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WTA Madrid - Sharapova, Azarenka advance in Madrid

WTA Madrid - Sharapova, Azarenka advance in Madrid

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by Prakash

Doubles partners this week and two of the title contendors in the singles this week - Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka won their second round matches in Madrid to advance to the third round of the WTA Madrid Open. For the second match in a row, Sharapova needed 3 sets to beat dangerous left hander Ekaterina Makarova while Azarenka won in straight sets over Sofia Arvidsson.

Azarenka won 2 events in a row on tour before withdrawing mid way from her last event. In two matches this week, she has lost only 2 games. World no. 3 Vera Zvonareva also advanced coming back from a 0-6 first set drubbing against compatriot Elena Vesnina to win 0-6, 6-3, 6-3.

In first round action, China's Li Na won but ninth seed Shahar Peer was not so lucky. Former world no. 1 Dinara Safina needed more than 2 1/2 hours to beat Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 MADRID OPEN - Monday, May 2, 2011 Singles - Second Round
(2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d.

Elena Vesnina (RUS) 06 63 63
(4) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (Q) Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 61 61
(8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 63 36 61
(WC) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d.

(13) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 62 76(5)
Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) w/o (lower back injury) Singles - First Round
(6) Li Na (CHN) d. María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 64 76(6)
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d.

(9) Shahar Peer (ISR) 63 62
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (WC) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 62 26 76(3)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (Q) Olga Govortsova (BLR) 64 60
Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 62
(WC) Dinara Safina (RUS) d.

(Q) Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) 57 64 63.

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