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Pavlyuchenkova wins first-round Citi match

Aug. 1, 2012 at 1:06 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advanced in Tuesday's first-round action at the Citi Open in Washington.

The Russian ousted Bojana Jovanovsk of Serbia 6-4, 6-3 on the hard-court surface, winning 6-of-9 break points and carving out a decided advantage in points won on serve.

Fourth-seeded Vania King of the United States topped fellow American Jennifer Elie 6-3, 6-4.

In second-round action Tuesday, third-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 0-6, 6-1 victory over Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito. The match was over in under 2 hours despite going three sets.

Kai-Chen Chang of Taiwan moved into the quarters with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Johanna Larsson of Sweden.

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