Dinara Safina, who is working on a comeback, made a good start in New Haven tonight by defeating 3rd seed Francesca Schiavone 1-6, 6-3, 6-1. Thrill Ride, who is in the tournament as a wild card, will next compete against Daniela Hantuchova, who defeated Kaia Kanepi 7-5, 6-3.
Qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands also advanced. Mattek-Sands defeated Alexandra Dulgheru. And in a match that lasted three hours, lucky loser Dominka Cibulkova defeated Melanie Oudin 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
Oh, Melanie, Melanie, Melanie. NYC is going to be very, very tough if she doesn't get out of this 'sophomore slump.'
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