Clijsters, Stosur cruise Down Under

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Kim Clijsters and Samantha Stosur were easy second-round winners Thursday, while Vera Zvonareva struggled to advance at the Australian Open.

Clijsters, the third seed and two-time reigning U.S. Open champ, had little trouble in a 6-1, 6-3 rout of Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, while the fifth- seeded Stosur also moved on with an easy 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Russian Vera Dushevina.

The second-seeded Zvonareva had to rebound after dropping the first set against Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski, but did so capably with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory. The Russian is trying to reach her third straight Grand Slam final, having lost in the title matches at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010.

After an easy first-round win over Austria's Sybille Bammer, Zvonareva had her hands full with the 19-year-old Jovanovski, who is ranked 58th in the world and was playing in her first Australian Open.

Jovanovski, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon last year and was a first-round loser in the U.S. Open, confidently took the first set in just 31 minutes. Zvonareva, though, regrouped and broke serve for a 4-2 lead in the second set and a break of serve in the opening game of the third sent her onto the third round.

"I'm maybe not as sharp yet as I want to be, but definitely this kind of match will help me to be better the next one," said Zvonareva, who will face Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in round three.

Clijsters, meanwhile, had no such trouble for the second match in a row. After dispatching former world No. 1 Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-0, on Tuesday, the Belgian star needed just over an hour to reach the third round.

"I was just happy with the way that I played," said Clijsters. "I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points, and it worked."

Clijsters, a three-time U.S. Open champ and the 2004 Aussie Open runner-up, will face Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in the third round.

Stosur, the fifth seed and the last Australian woman left in the singles draw, has dropped a mere seven games in her two matches. She'll next take on Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

The first big upset in the women's draw took place Thursday, as seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic was eliminated by China's Peng Shuai. Peng notched a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win with the help of four service breaks and will meet Japan's Ayumi Morita in the third round.

"I was leading 4-1 and had everything under control," said Jankovic. "I was playing pretty well. But then I just had some loose errors and she played as well some good points. And little by little, you know, she was getting her momentum and I started, you know, completely going down."

Other seeded winners Thursday included Shahar Peer, Agnieszka Radwanska, Nadia Petrova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova -- all in straight sets.

The 10th-seeded Peer bested Romania's Sorana Cirstea and will play Italy's Flavia Pennetta in the third round, while the 12th-seeded Radwanska toppled Croatian qualifier Petra Martic to set up a third-rounder with Romania's Simona Halep.

Petrova, the 13th seed, knocked out Australian wild card Alicia Molik and will next square off against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova, while the 16th- seeded Pavlyuchenkova dusted Germany's Kristina Barrois and will next tangle with Czech Iveta Benesova, who dumped Russia's Maria Kirilenko on Thursday in a mild upset.

Third-round play starts Friday in Melbourne with top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki slated to meet Dominika Cibulkova. Fourth-seeded American Venus Williams will take on Germany's Andrea Petkovic and sixth-seeded Francesca Schiavone will play Romania's Monica Niculescu.

Former Aussie Open champs Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova are also in action. Henin, the 11th seed, has the featured match of the day against Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, while the 14th-seeded Sharapova battles Germany's Julia Goerges.


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