Kuznetsova beats Petrova to reach 3rd round in Madrid, Cibulkova out

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Slovak 15th seed, Dominika Cibulkova, defeated the 73rd ranked qualifier Lesia Tsurenko, in her first round match with the loss of just five games. On Tuesday she played the 39th ranked German, Sabine Lisicki, who also easily won her first round match in straights against Sofia Arvidsson. With nothing separating these two players, games went with serve in the first set all the way to the tie breaker, which Lisicki took 7-4. Cibulkova started the second set and got an immediate break, but Lisicki then took two games. The Slovak levelled and games went with serve until the 6th game, when the German broke again, but Cibulkova again levelled and the set went to a breaker, which Lisicki to 7-3 for the match.

In a battle between two Russian ex top ten players, Svetlana Kuznetsova took on 11th seed Nadia Petrova. Kuznetsova, now ranked 40, took out Jie Zheng in the first round, while Petrova won in three close sets against the Italian qualifier, Camila Giorgi. Kuznetsova broke at the start of the first set and led 3-0 before Petrova got on the scoreboard and she then broke back to level at 4-4. A tie break ensued, won by Kuznetsova, 7-2. The second set went with serve to 4-4 before Petrova broke and held to take it 6-4. Kuznetsova got an early break in the decider and led 3-1. Petrova broke back to level at 4-4, but Kuznetsova held and broke to take the set 6-4 and the match.

Both 16TH seed Ana Ivanovic and her opponent on Tuesday evening, the 60th ranked South African qualifier Chanelle Scheepers, took two and a half hours to beat qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jelena Jankovic respectively, in their first round matches. Ivanovic simply played better than Scheepers throughout the first set and led 5-1 before the South African got a break of her own, but the Serb got a final break to take the set 6-2. The players got to 2-2 in the second set before Ivanovic raced through the final four games to take the set 6-2.

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