Zvonareva, Clijsters win openers

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Last year's Wimbledon and U.S. Open runner-up Vera Zvonareva and two-time reigning U.S. Open champ Kim Clijsters were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the 2011 Australian Open.

The second-seeded Zvonareva blew past 30-year-old Austrian mother Sybille Bammer 6-2, 6-1 on the hardcourts at Melbourne Park. The Russian dismissed her lefthanded counterpart in 59 minutes.

"It's tough to play your best tennis in the first match. The most important thing is I've done what I needed to do and moved through to the next one," said Zvonareva.

Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in last year's Wimbledon finale and succumbed to Kim Clijsters in the U.S. Open title match.

Up next for the Russian star will be Serbian Bojana Jovanovski.

The third-seeded Clijsters handled former world No. 1 Dinara Safina of Russia 6-0, 6-0.

"I expect my opponent to come out and play their best tennis," said Clijsters. "She obviously didn't do that today. But my attitude still was there to try and finish it off and not let her get back in the match, build some confidence, build some rhythm."

Fifth-seeded Aussie crowd favorite Samantha Stosur stomped 17-year-old American Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-1 in a mere 53 minutes on Day 2 at the year's first major event, while seventh-seeded former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic overcame a love-4 deficit in the second set before getting past Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-0, 7-6 (7-5). The Serbian Jankovic was a U.S. Open runner-up in 2008.

"I thought I played very well," said Stosur. "There's not too much I did wrong, I don't think. Was able to set up points, rally well. When I got a chance to hit the winner, I did."

In other action involving top-16 seeds, No. 10 Israeli Shahar Peer bested France's Mathilde Johansson 6-1, 6-1, No. 12 Pole Agnieszka Radwanska snuck past 40-year-old Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 and 13th- seeded Nadia Petrova handled fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak 6-2, 6-1. The upset of the day saw Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens take down 16th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).

Other seeded Tuesday winners were, No. 18 Russian Maria Kirilenko, No. 22 Italian Flavia Pennetta, No. 24 Russian Alisa Kleybanova, No. 25 Czech Petra Kvitova, No. 26 Spainard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and No. 31 Czech Lucie Safarova. Kvitova was a surprise Wimbledon semifinalist last summer and captured a title in Brisbane two weeks ago.

Japan's Ayumi Morita knocked out 27th-seeded Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru in straight sets while Russia's Ekaterina Makarov handled 19th-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic.


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