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Kleybanova rallies in Dubai opener

Updated: February 15, 2009, 12:58 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Alisa Kleybanova beat Anna Lapushchenkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Russian match Sunday in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Kleybanova reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. She will next face former top-ranked player Ana Ivanovic, who had a first-round bye.

Ivanovic has slipped to No. 8 in the WTA rankings and recently started training with a new coach -- Craig Kardon.

Seeded players Zheng Jie and Kaia Kanepi also advanced ...

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