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Shvedova takes Tashkent first-rounder

  |   Sept. 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM
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TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Yaroslava Shvedova dropped just two games Tuesday in advancing to the second round of the $220,000 Tashkent Open tennis tournament in Uzbekistan.

Shvedova, the tournament's top seed, breezed by Maria Elena Camerin 6-1, 6-1 in her opening draw of the hard-court tournament. Shvedova lost just 11 points on serve and saved the only break-point situation she faced in the win.

She also posted breaks of Camerin's serve five times in seven games.

Third-seeded Ioana Raluca Olaru dropped a tough 7-5, 7-5 decision to Ekaterina Bychkova, who suffered just one break of serve in the match.

Sixth-seeded Monica Niculescu blitzed Corina Dentoni 6-3, 6-0 and No. 7-seeded Patricia Mayr claimed a 7-5, 6-4 win over Ekaterina Dzehalevich in their first-round matches.

Local favorites Akgul Amanmuradova, who topped Ksenia Lykina 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, and Nigina Abduraimova, who defeated Lesya Tsurenko 6-3, 6-2, also advanced to the second round.

Other winners Tuesday were: Ekaterina Ivanova, Vesna Manasieva, Evgeniya Rodina, Alexandra Panova, Kathrin Woerle and Darya Kustova,

The tournament continues through Sunday when the champion will earn $37,000.

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