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Posted on: Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tennis: Oudin advances to second round in Paris


Associated Press

PARIS Melanie Oudin of the United States beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-3, 6-0 on Tuesday to reach the Open GDF Suez's second round.

Oudin, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist last year, next plays Patty Schnyder of Switzerland, who beat seventh-seeded Virginie Razzano of France 6-3, 7-6(3) at Stade Pierre de Coubertin.

Fourth-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy also advanced after routing Vesna Manasieva 6-0, 6-0. She takes on Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, who topped Tamira Paszek of Austria 6-0, 6-3.

In other matches, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia ousted Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-0; Andrea Petkovic of Germany defeated Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 7-5, 6-2; and Tathiana Garbin of Italy outlasted Romanian qualifier Ioana Raluca Olaru in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Garbin next plays No. 8 Elena Vesnina of Russia and Pavlyuchenkova faces top-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia, last year's runner-up to Amelie Mauresmo. Second-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy will play Julie Coin of France or Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.

Dementieva and Pennetta had byes into the second round.