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    US Open: Sania, Sharapova, Hingis advance easily

    New Delhi: Sania Mirza is through to the second round of the US Open winning her match against world No. 44 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in three sets 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 at the Flushing Meadows on Tuesday.

    The 20-year-old India will now take on world No. 60 Laura Granville for a place in the third round.

    "You know here I am in the second round and you know, I'm feeling good. I think today I won the third set that easily, or finished that strongly, one of the reasons is because I am high on confidence because of the last few weeks. You know, you believe that you can win those third sets and raise your level when you need to," Sania Mirza later said.

    In the other match of the women's singles, defending champion Maria Sharapova began on a high note winning her first round match against Roberta Vinci in straight sets 6-0, 6-1.

    Sharapova took the first set to love and won the first five games of the second to win in style.

    Swiss Miss Martina Hingis also had no problems in her first round match against Mathilde Johansson of France winning 6-0, 6-3.

    Talking about her US Open title win in 1997, Hingis said," Well, it's kind of funny, they put up this poster, me holding a trophy. I'm like, okay, I look really young. Short haircut, all that. It's been 10 years. I mean, I know that. Really, I had time off. I had a good comeback last year. I tried to bring the best today, not think about what has happened. I know that nobody can take away from me. You have to keep evolving and keep trying to get better."

    Meanwhile, it took 64 minutes for former champion and fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova to beat her first round opponent 81st-ranked Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3.

    Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia claimed the first upset of the day, eliminating No. 23 Tathiana Garbin 6-4, 6-3 while the first top-10 seed to go was No. 9 Daniela Hantuchova who lost to Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

    No. 6 Anna Chakvetadze, No. 7 Nadia Petrova and Patty Schnyder all advanced in straight sets.

    Chakvetadze blew away Ashley Weinhold of the United States in 46 minutes, 6-1, 6-1; Petrova won likewise over Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-3, 6-1; No. 11 Schnyder defeated Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-0.

    Other results had No. 13 Nicole Vaidisova beating Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia, 6-1, 6-2; No. 22 Katarina Srebotnik over Australia's Alicia Molik 6-2, 6-2 and No. 26 SaniaMirza defeating Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

    (With inputs from Associated Press)

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