Petrova, Garrigues win in Strasbourg

Petrova, Garrigues win in Strasbourg

Published May. 16, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Fourth-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia defeated Rebecca Marino of Canada 7-6 (4), 6-3 to reach the second round of the Strasbourg International on Monday.

Petrova, twice a semifinalist at the French Open, has struggled on clay so far this season and lost first round-matches both in Madrid and Rome.

Petrova will next face either Alize Cornet or Sania Mirza.

Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, the No. 5 and No. 6 seeded players respectively, also advanced.


Kirilenko easily beat last year's finalist Kristina Barrois of Germany 6-2, 6-3 and will take on Laura Pous-Tio of Spain. Hantuchova took advantage of Johanna Larsson's weak serve and broke her four times in a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Seventh-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues, Mathilde Johansson of France and Serbian Bojana Jovanovski also advanced.

Garrigues easily defeated American Melanie Oudin 6-3, 6-1 to start her quest for a fourth title in Strasbourg. Pous-Tio beat Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-4, 6-2.

Johansson converted five of 11 break points to beat Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, 6-1, 6-1 in just 61 minutes and Jovanovski downed Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 7-6 (3), 6-3.


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