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Kuznetsova advances at Pan Pacific Open

Tuesday - 9/24/2013, 3:21am  ET

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia returns a shot against Sara Errani of Italy during their second round match of Pan Pacific Open Tennis tournament in Tokyo,Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO (AP) -- Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia beat third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Pan Pacific Open.

Kuznetsova, a two-time grand slam winner, hit seven aces in the match and will next face 15th-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Cirstea beat Japanese wildcard Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-2.

In other second-round matches, Eugenie Bouchard of Canada outlasted ninth-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States, 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-3; No. 11-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, 6-3, 6-0; and 16th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia defeated Casey Dellacqua of Australia 7-5, 6-3.

Venus Williams was to face top-seeded Victoria Azarenka later Tuesday.

Serena Williams pulled out of the $2.3 million tournament to recover from a busy summer schedule.


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