Kirilenko downs U.S. Open champ Stosur in Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) -- Maria Kirilenko eliminated U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur from the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday, beating the Australian 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round.
The sixth-seeded Stosur, playing for the first time since winning her first career Grand Slam title in New York, trailed in the second set but rallied to break her Russian opponent and take the final two games to even the match.
The two traded breaks in the third set but Kirilenko broke again to make it 5-4 before serving out the match.
Kirilenko lost to Stosur in the fourth round at the U.S. Open.
Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus also advanced, beating Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-1, 6-3. Azarenka, who has won two WTA Tour titles this season, saved nine break points and won 72 percent of her first serves.
Also, ninth-seeded Agnieskza Radwanska of Poland defeated qualifier Angelique Kerber of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 12th-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat Laura Robson of Britain 7-5, 6-4, and 13th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany eliminated Greta Arn of Hungary 6-2, 6-1.
In the first round, 10th-seeded Peng Shuai of China beat American qualifier Jill Craybas of the United States 6-2, 6-0, Christina McHale of the U.S. defeated Tamira Paszek of Austria 7-6 (1), 6-3.
Another American, Coco Vandeweghe, won her rain-delayed match that started Monday over Zheng Jie of China 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-2. After a short rest, Vandeweghe will again take the court Tuesday for a second-round meeting with Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will take on Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia in a second-round match later Tuesday.
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