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Top Russian Zvonareva retains challenge to advance at Australian Open

01-21-2011 10:51 BJT

MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Russia's Vera Zvonarewa, ranked second in the world, came from behind to beat Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 here on Thursday to reach the top 32 of the women's singles at the first Grand Slam of the season.

The 2nd seed said it took her some time to make out a decision on how to beat the young opponent in their first meet.

"She started off very aggressive," said Zvonarewa, "I was a little bit slow in the beginning with my decisions and few unforced errors here and there. But I was able to pick it up and really turn it around in the second set. Then it was a bit easier for me."

Coming to Melbourne as one of the top title contenders, the two-time slam finalist admitted that her game was obviously not perfect but is helpful at this stage of the tournament.

"I'm maybe not as sharp yet as I want to be, but definitely this kind of match will help me to be better the next one," she said.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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