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Zvonareva, Pierce win opening matches at Generali

10/24/2006 - Tennis

LINZ, Austria -- Eighth-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy,
hampered by an injured right calf, lost to Vera Zvonareva of Russia
5-7, 6-1, 6-3 Tuesday in the first round of the Generali Ladies.

Zvonareva will next play Mary Pierce of France, who beat Ai
Sugiyama of Japan 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5). Zvonareva is 5-0 against the
14th-ranked Schiavone, who pulled out of the Zurich Open last week
because of her calf.

Sugiyama, the 2003 champion, was broken twice while serving for
the first set. She trailed 3-0 in the second set, but Pierce, the
1999 champ, was broken while serving for the match at 5-4.

Seventh-seeded Anna Chakvetadze of Russia reached the second
round, eliminating Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 7-5, 6-2.
Srebotnik, a semifinalist in Zurich last week, took a a 4-2 lead in
the first set but won just three more games.

Nathalie Dechy beat 15-year-old Austrian wild card Tamira Paszek
2-6, 6-3, 6-1. Paszek won the first set in just more than 20
minutes, but lost her rhythm after treatment for a pulled muscle in
her right leg.

Mara Santangelo of Italy downed qualifier Alona Bondarenko of
Ukraine 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, and 17-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska of
Poland defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-4, 7-5.