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Taiwanese players advance at Pattaya Open

Staff writer, with CNA, PATTAYA, THAILAND

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan and her sister Chan Hao-ching advanced to the semifinal of the PTT Pattaya Open on Wednesday after a win over a second-seeded pair.

The sisters beat Akgul Ammanmuradova of Uzbekistan and Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic 7-6, 6-3.

Chan Hao-ching told the Central News Agency that her match performance began to improve as she became more used to her rivals’ style of play.

Commenting on her partner’s performance, Chan Yung-jan said her 17-year-old sister was not as hesitant as in the previous round, which put a lot of pressure on the opposing team.

Chan Yung-jan, 21, also suggested that her sister keep her emotions under control so as to avoid making mistakes.

Also at the event, Taiwanese female player Chang Kai-chen teamed up with Sania Mirza of India to defeat Noppawan Lertcheewakarn of Thailand and Jessica Moore of Australia 6-7, 7-5, 10-0 and advanced to the second round.

Meanwhile, Vera Zvonareva won her 12th straight match at the Pattaya Open by beating Thai qualifier Nungnadda Wannasuk 6-1, 7-5 in the second round yesterday.

The two-time defending champion won the first four games before Wannasuk shook off the nerves and held serve for the first time.

Zvonareva reeled off the next two games to take the opening set, and then took a 5-1 lead in the second before Wannasuk battled back to level it at 5-5.

Zvonareva regained her concentration to take a 6-5 lead and the 21-year-old Wannasuk double-faulted twice in the final game for the No. 3-ranked Russian to complete the win in 76 minutes.

SAN JOSE OPEN

REUTERS, SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

Canadian Milos Raonic continued his impressive early-season form by beating former world No. 4 James Blake in straight sets in their second-round clash at the San Jose Open on Wednesday.

The confident, big serving 20-year-old showed his mettle in a 6-2, 7-6 triumph to set up a -quarter-final against Lithuanian Richard Berankis, who defeated American Donald Young 6-4, 5-7, 7-5.

Defending champion and top-seeded Fernando Verdasco advanced past American Rajeev Ram in an easy 6-3, 6-2 first-round rout.

Second-seeded Gael Monfils also made it through the first round thanks to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bradley Klahn.

In the day’s other first-round action, big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic knocked off home favorite Ryan Sweeting 6-4, 6-4 while American Robert Kendrick topped Russian Igor Kunitsyn 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

BRAZIL OPEN

AP, COSTA DO SAUIPE, BRAZIL

Second-seeded Albert Montanes of Spain was knocked of the second round of the Brazil Open by Ricardo Mello of Brazil 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday.

It was Montanes’ first match in the clay-court tournament after receiving a bye into the second round.

Sixth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain, who won the Movistar Open on Sunday in Chile, was also bounced out as countryman Pablo Andujar won 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain defeated Joao Souza of Brazil 6-2, 6-2, while No. 3 seed Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil beat Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-4, 7-5, and No. 4 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine downed Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 7-5, 6-4.

Fifth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina also reached the -quarter-finals, beating Lukasz Kobot of Poland, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, and No. 7 Potito Starace of Italy was a winner over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (9). Rui Machado of Portugal defeated Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-2, 6-1.

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