Sugiyama ousts Vaidisova; Petrova, Kuznetsova advance

Updated: July 29, 2008, 11:51 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Ai Sugiyama of Japan downed 16th-seeded Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 on Tuesday in an opening-round match at the Rogers Cup.

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The 33-year-old Sugiyama dropped the first three games of the first set and then won eight straight against the 19-year-old Vaidisova.

It was a tough day for Americans, with only Jill Craybas remaining in the $1.34 million hard-court tournament after her 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sharon Fichman of Canada at Uniprix Stadium.

Bethanie Mattek, who cracked the top 50 in world rankings by reaching the semifinals last week in Los Angeles, fell 7-5, 6-2 to 56th-ranked Marta Domachowska of Poland. Jamea Jackson lost to 11th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 6-1; Ahsha Rolle was beaten by Alisa Kleybanova of Russia 6-4, 6-2; and Julie Ditty fell 7-6 (4), 6-0 to Melinda Czink of Hungary in a battle of qualifiers.

In the late match, Dominika Cibulkova upset fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva 6-4, 6-2.

Fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced when fellow Russian Alla Kudryavtseva retired in the second set with a right shoulder injury. Kuznetsova led 6-1, 1-0 at the time.

Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak beat Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 and will play Jelena Jankovic of Serbia on Wednesday.

In other matches, 12th-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia beat Marie-Eve Pelletier of Canada 6-0, 6-1; 13th-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia topped Anne Keothavong of Britain 6-1, 7-5; and 15th-seeded Flavia Pannetta of Italy rallied past Olga Savchuk of Ukraine 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.


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