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Mauresmo advances to 3rd round

Updated: March 14, 2009, 10:29 AM ET
Associated Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Top-seeded Dinara Safina fought off three set points in a first-set tiebreaker and beat Tina Pironkova of Bulgaria, 7-6 (8), 6-2 in a second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night.

Safina, the younger sister of 2000 U.S. Open champion and former men's No. 1 Marat Safin, can replace Serena Williams atop the WTA Tour rankings by reaching the final of this 12-day event. Williams, who beat Safina in the Australian Open final six weeks ago, is not playing ...

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