Shvedova takes down No. 5 seed Bammer

Updated: February 12, 2008, 7:57 AM ET
Associated Press

ANTWERP, Belgium -- Yaroslava Shvedova upset fifth-seeded Sybille Bammer 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 Monday to advance to the second round of the Diamond Games.

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Yanina Wickmayer, an 18-year-old ranked 163rd, upset No. 59 Shuai Peng 6-0, 6-4. Karin Knapp defeated Nathalie Dechy 7-6 (3), 6-4, and Li Na cruised past Elena Likhovtseva 6-1, 6-1.

Top-ranked Justine Henin, who has a first-round bye, will look for her second title of the season later this week. She won the Sydney tournament last month, before losing in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She will play on Thursday.

Henin's hopes of a Golden Slam ended when Maria Sharapova, the eventual Australian Open winner, stopped her 32-match winning streak. Henin was attempting to win four Grand Slams and Olympic gold in succession, which would have equaled the 1988 feat of Steffi Graf.

Anna Chakvetadze will vie for a second consecutive title after winning the Open Gaz de France on Sunday. She moved up to No. 6 in the rankings, one spot behind Sharapova.

Amelie Mauresmo won the event for the third straight time last year, earning the diamond-studded racket trophy. Mauresmo, ranked No. 19, will skip the event this season.

Players who withdrew include 10th-ranked Serena Williams, Tatiana Golovin (No. 12) and Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 21).


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