Russians Sharapova, Kuznetsova Win Through at WTA Tokyo


Posted on February 2, 2005

Current slam title holders Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia led the winners Wednesday at the WTA stop in Tokyo, moving into the quarterfinals with straight-set wins.

"It took a while to find my groove and rhythm," said the No. 2-seeded Sharapova after defeating Venezuela's Maria Vento-Kabchi 7-6(3), 6-0. "I just needed time after coming from the Australian Open but I picked up my level in the second set."

The No. 3-seeded Kuznetsova overwhelmed Swiss qualifier Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian 6-3, 6-1.

Japan had a good day on the unseeded side with winners (WC) Aiko Nakamura (d. countrywoman (Q) Fuda in three) and Akiko Morigami (d. Sanchez Lorenzo), with American Jill Craybas (d. Panova in three) also posting a win in first-round play.

Thursday's match-ups in Tokyo are Vinci vs. Asagoe, Morigami vs. Dementieva, Davenport vs. Obata, Kirilenko vs. Hantuchova, Likhovtseva vs. Craybas, and Nakamura vs. Benesova.

Rankings
ATP - Sep 15 WTA - Sep 15
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Petra Kvitova
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Maria Sharapova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Na Li
7 Tomas Berdych7 Eugenie Bouchard
8 Kei Nishikori8 Angelique Kerber
9 Marin Cilic9 Caroline Wozniacki
10 Grigor Dimitrov10 Ana Ivanovic
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