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Zvonareva eases into Italian Open second round with straight-set victory

Updated: May 12, 2008, 1:20 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Tenth-seeded Vera Zvonareva extended her impressive streak of clay-court victories, cruising past Ai Sugiyama 6-3, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the Italian Open.

Zvonareva won the Prague Open earlier this month after losing to Serena Williams in the final at Charleston in her previous tournament. In between, Zvonareva posted a three-set win over Vania King on clay to clinch victory for Russia in the Fed Cup semifinals against the United States.

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