Harkleroad, Craybas among Pacific Life Open winners

Updated: March 12, 2008, 11:26 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Angela Haynes, a wild-card entrant from nearby Irvine, overcame a 4-0 first-set deficit to beat Italy's Sara Errani 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday in the first round of the Pacific Life Open.

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The 23-year-old Haynes, ranked 221st, was playing just her third WTA match of the year. She will face defending champion Daniela Hantuchova in the second round. Hantuchova is trying to become the first player to win the event three times.

Ashley Harkleroad also advanced, beating the Ukraine's Tatiana Perebiynis 6-2, 6-0. Jill Craybas edged Czech qualifier Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-6 (2), 6-4, while Russia's Ekaterina Makarova beat Meilen Tu 6-4, 6-2. In the day's final singles match, France's Stephanie Cohen-Aloro routed Lilia Osterloh 6-1, 6-2.

All 32 seeded players have first-round byes. Hantuchova is seeded fifth behind Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova.


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