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Kuznetsova defeats Kleybanova

Updated: January 10, 2010, 2:17 AM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat fellow Russian Alisa Kleybanova 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-5 on Sunday in the first round of the Sydney International.

The third-seeded Kuznetsova, also the 2004 U.S. Open winner, trailed 2-0 in the deciding set before breaking back to take control.

Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over France's Virginie Razzano, and defending champion Elena Dementieva, who beat Kuznetsova last year in the Sydney final, ...

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