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Zvonareva, Pierce win opening matches at Generali

Updated: October 24, 2006, 4:26 PM ET
Associated Press

LINZ, Austria -- Eighth-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy, hampered by an injured right calf, lost to Vera Zvonareva of Russia 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 Tuesday in the first round of the Generali Ladies.

Zvonareva will next play Mary Pierce of France, who beat Ai Sugiyama of Japan 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5). Zvonareva is 5-0 against the 14th-ranked Schiavone, who pulled out of the Zurich Open last week because of her calf.

Sugiyama, the 2003 champion, was broken twice while serving for the ...

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