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Kirilenko advances in rainy Pattaya City

9:37 AM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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Pattaya City, Thailand (Sports Network) - Last year's runner-up Maria Kirilenko was among Tuesday's first-round winners at the $235,000 Pattaya Open hardcourt tennis event.

The second-seeded Kirilenko got past Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 7-5 on a rainy day at Dusit Thani Hotel.

Up next for Kirilenko will be Thai wild card Luksika Kumkhum.

The Russian Kirilenko lost to Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova in last year's Pattaya City finale. The two-time defending champion Hantuchova, seeded sixth this week, was scheduled to play Russian Olga Puchkova on Tuesday, but rain forced a postponement of that match.

Also on Day 2, Japan's Ayumi Morita was leading top-seeded former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 5-7, 2-1 when play was called.

In other opening-round action involving seeds, No. 4 Sorana Cirstea of Romania doused American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-1, 6-3; No. 5 Sabine Lisicki of Germany whipped German Tatjana Malek 6-2, 6-3; and No. 8 Heather Watson of Great Britain was pasting Timea Babos 6-1, 3-0 when the Hungarian retired from the bout.

Seventh-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina was ahead of Greek Eleni Daniilidou 6-2, 1-0 when play was stopped because of inclement weather.

Additional first-round wins came for the aforementioned Kumkhum, Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova, Aussie qualifier Anastasia Rodionova, 42-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date-Krumm, and Russian Nina Bratchikova.

This week's winner will collect $40,000.

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