Thursday, March 3, 2011

Dulko beats Benesova and advances to Monterrey 2nd round

The last four times they have played, Iveta Benesova has defeated Gisela Dulko, but today in Monterrey, the Mexican Open champion had her second-ever win against the Czech player. Dulko served well (as I mentioned in a previous post, she has a great serve, but it isn't always available to her) and defeated 7th-seeded Benesova 6-2, 7-6.

6th seed Sara Errani was also defeated in the first round. Greta Arn took that match 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Wild card and 2nd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Melanie Oudin. (These two were ranked 1 and 2 as juniors, and have a bit of a history: Pavlyuchenkova was, in fact, Oudin's first Russian victim in her memorable 2008 U.S. Open run.) The Russian player is the defending champion.

Top Monterrey seed Jelena Jankovic also advanced to the second round.

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