MARINO MOVES ON TO ROUND TWO IN LUXEMBOURG
Rebecca Marino (Vancouver) notched her second career Top 20 victory on Tuesday, defeating world No. 15 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open.
Down a set to the No. 2-seeded Russian, Marino climbed back into the match to send it to a deciding set. Falling behind again 0-3, she exhibited steely nerves and strong serving to reel off the next six games for one of the best wins of her young career.
It is Marino’s first victory since she advanced into the quarter-finals of September’s Bell Challenge in Quebec City. She will play the winner of wild card Angelique Kerber of Germany versus Dutch qualifier Bibiane Schoofs in the second round.
Her other Top 20 win was against then-world No. 14 Marion Bartoli at the 2010 Bell Challenge.
RAONIC DEFEATS BAGHDATIS IN STOCKHOLM
Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) continued Canada’s winning ways on Tuesday by defeating Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in his opening match at the If Stockholm Open in Sweden.
Raonic, the No. 6 seed at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, took out the former Top 10 player in three hard-fought sets 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-4. It wasn’t until the final set that Raonic secured the match’s first and only break of serve, and it was all he needed to finally capture victory.
He will play German Philipp Petzschner in the next round.
SHAMASDIN ADVANCES IN MOSCOW
Adil Shamasdin (Pickering, Ont.) won his opening doubles match at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, partnering Treat Conrad Huey of the Philippines to a 5-7, 7-6(3), 10-5 victory over Russian wild cards Victor Baluda and Andrey Kuznetsov.
They will take on yet another Russian wild card duo, Evgeny Donskoy and
Teymuraz Gabashvili, in the second round of the ATP World Tour 250 event.
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