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Monfils trumps Becker in Auckland

TAIWANESE TALENT:Despite being thoroughly out-aced by his opponent, France’s Benoit Paire, Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun fought hard and claimed a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 victory

AFP, AUCKLAND, New Zealand

US qualifier Lauren Davis beat second-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-1, 6-3 in a rain-interrupted, second-round match yesterday at the Hobart International.

Cirstea’s elimination followed that of top-seeded Hsieh Su-wei on Monday and leaves No. 3 Klara Zakopalova as the highest-seeded player remaining at the Domain Tennis Centre. Yesterday, the Czech advanced with a 6-4, 6-3 first-round win over Timea Babos of Hungary.

Elena Vesnina of Russia beat fourth-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in a second-round match.

Eighth-seeded Sloane Stephens of the US, who lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International, advanced to the last eight with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Simona Halep of Romania.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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