Hantuchova beats Kvitova in Madrid, Kirilenko also through

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Angelique Kerber, the German 6th seed played against Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 40th ranked Russian who took out her compatriot, 11th seeded Nadia Petrova, in the second round. Games went with serve until Kuznetsova got a break to go 5-3 ahead with her serve to come. Continuing her great serving and break point saved stats, she took the set 6-3. Kerber built up a 4-1 lead in the second set but the Russian won three games in a row to level. Kerber then held and broke to take the set 6-4. In the decider games went with serve to 5-5 when Kerber broke Kuznetsova and held to take the set 7-5 and the match.

Russian 13th seed Maria Kirilenko faced off against the 46th ranked Frenchwoman, Kristina Mladenovic. Kirlenko got into the second round when Klara Zakopalova had to retire, while Mladenovic lost just two games in beating the Spanish wildcard Silvia Soler-Espinosa. There was nothing to separate either player, and the first set inevitably went to a breaker, where Mladenovic lead all the way to take it 7-5. Kirilenko got the breaks in the second set and allowed Mladenovic just one game, to take it 6-1. In the decider, Kirilenko broke in the 5th game and held the lead to take the set 6-4.

The night match was between 8th seed Petra Kvitova and 71st ranked Daniela Hantuchova. The Czech broke early on in the first set and then again to get to take the set 6-2. Hantuchova raced to a 4-0 lead in the second set before Kvitova got a game, but Hantuchova sealed the set at 6-2. She broke again in the 4th game of the decider and ran away to take it 6-3.

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