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Zvonareva sets up Peng quarterfinal

TOP-SEEDED Vera Zvonareva overpowered Yaroslava Shedova of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-4 yesterday to reach the Pattaya Open quarterfinals.

Thai hope Tamarine Tanasugarn and Israel's Shahar Peer also won through to the last eight.

No. 5-ranked Zvonareva was in trouble at times against Shedova but managed crucial breaks in the 10th game and again in the opening game of the second to win in 1 hour and 40 minutes.

"It was difficult coming off a grand slam and play a new tournament which has different conditions, especially here which is hot and has two courts next to each other. It's difficult to concentrate because of the noises," the Russian said.

Zvonareva will play Peng Shuai of China in the quarterfinals, with the former boasting a 4-0 record in their head-to-head meetings.

"She is an up-and-coming player," Zvonareva said. "She can be very dangerous if she keeps working hard like she is doing now. She has a few good wins. Every time we play, they've been tough three sets."

Seventh-seeded Peer, the 2006 Pattaya champion, progressed to the quarterfinal with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine in just 73 minutes. Peer will play Russia's Vera Dushevina in the last eight.

Tanasugarn, seeded sixth, beat Portugal's Neuza Silva 6-3, 6-2 and will meet India's Sania Mirza, a 6-4, 6-0 winner over Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia.

In Paris, world No. 1 Serena Williams eased into the second round of the Open GDF Suez with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Czech Iveta Benesova on Wednesday.

Serbian second seed Jelena Jankovic had a much tougher time as she needed over two hours to see off Italy's Francesca Schiavone 7-5, 7-6 (2). Jankovic's next opponent is China's Li Na.

Earlier, Amelie Mauresmo gained revenge for her Fed Cup defeat by Sara Errani and thrashed the Italian 6-2, 6-0 in 58 minutes.

Errani had beaten Mauresmo last Sunday en route to Italy's 5-0 win over France in the women's team event.

In Rotterdam, the Netherlands, top-seeded Rafael Nadal rallied from a set down to beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 and advance to the second round at the ABN Amro on Wednesday.

Bolelli broke the Australian Open champion at 2-2 and dominated much of the first set, but Nadal hit back in the second set, twice breaking the Italian and holding his nerve.

Nadal will next face Bulgarian teenager Grigor Dimitrov.


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