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Thursday, 20 February, 2003, 00:03 GMT
Seles strolls through
Tuesday's WTA round-up


Dubai Open

Monica Seles made a succesful start to her Dubai Open campaign with victory over Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

The American, seeded fourth, came through 6-3 6-2 in her first-round encounter.

Monica Seles
Seles had little trouble reaching round two
"I'm not playing my best tennis of my career, so I'm just happy to win today," she said.

"I've been making a lot of unforced errors and just trying to do my best. I still feel a little bit of pain on the ankle I injured in Australia."

Earlier, Anastasia Myskina celebrated her first match as a member of the world's top 10 by beating fellow Russian Dinara Safina 6-4 6-3.

Strong winds made it difficult for either player to find any consistency, but it was Safina - the 16-year old sister of Marat - who held the early advantage.

She broke serve in the first game of the first-round encounter, but allowed Myskina to hit back and level at 3-3.

And although Safina broke again with a forehand volley, Myskina responded by snatching the next three games and the set.

Safina also led early in the second set, breaking for 2-0, but seven double-faults and an inability to maintain an aggressive game swung the match in Myskina's favour.

Myskina, who defeated Safina in Doha last week before going on to claim the Qatar Open title, praised her opponent's improved form.

"Dinara played much better than she did last week," Myskina said. "She fought more and really wanted to win today."

Germany's Anca Barna upset last week's Doha runner-up Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-3 6-0 to earn a clash with top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne.

Henin-Hardenne, Jennifer Capriati, Amelie Mauresmo and Monica Seles all received byes into the second round.


Kroger St Jude Classic

American fourth seed Alexandra Stevenson saved four match points before beating Australia's Samantha Stosur in two hours and 13 minutes.

Stevenson, the daughter of retired basketball legend Julius Erving, won their first-round match 3-6 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (10/8).

Stevenson will next play Japan's Saori Obata, who ousted Canadian lucky loser Vanessa Webb 6-4 6-0.

Sixth seed Laura Granville was the first player to reach the quarter-finals by beating fellow American Sandra Cacic 7-6 (7/4) 6-1.

All the action from the WTA Tour this week

w/e 23 Feb 2003

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