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Dinara Safina reaches second round

Updated: March 24, 2011, 12:56 AM ET
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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Former world No. 1 Dinara Safina beat Jelena Dokic 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday to advance to the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open.

Safina missed three months last year because of a back injury.

"Slowly, I am starting to get some matches behind me," Safina said. "I'm still far from being at my best, but we are working day by day and with each win it helps me to get closer to where I want to be."

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