Sharapova exits Beijing

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, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

BEIJING -- U.S. Open and Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva highlighted Tuesday's second-round winners, while former world No. 1 star Maria Sharapova came up a loser on Day 4 at the $4.5 million China Open.

The second-seeded world No. 4 Zvonareva, a bronze medalist here in Beijing two years ago, handled German Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-1, while a fifth-seeded Schiavone leveled Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-3 and a seventh-seeded Dementieva held off 40-year-old Japanese Kimiko Date Krumm 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 at the National Tennis Center, the tennis site of the '08 Summer Games.

Dementieva, who was last week's runner-up in Tokyo, will face former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the round of 16 here.

Zvonareva will meet fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko and Schiavone will battle Russia's Vera Dushevina on Wednesday. Kirilenko titled in Beijing in 2005.

Upsets came when Swiss Timea Bacsinszky dropped eighth-seeded Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 4-6, 3-2, retired, and Elena Vesnina drove out her 12th- seeded fellow Russian Sharapova 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. Azarenka retired due to a left thigh injury.

Additional upsets were avoided when ninth-seeded Chinese favorite Li Na handled Russian Alisa Kleybanova 6-1, 6-4 and No. 15 Israeli Shahar Peer dismissed Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-2.

In other second-round action, Ivanovic beat Belarus' Olga Govortsova 6-0, 7-5; Czech Petra Kvitova outlasted U.S. Open and Wimbledon quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2; Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova overcame Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 2-6, 6-1, 6-2; and Dushevina came back to defeat Italian fellow qualifier Roberta Vinci 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will play her second-round match against Italian Sara Errani here on Wednesday. The Danish Wozniacki defeated Dementieva in last week's finale at the Pan Pacific event in Tokyo.

The 2010 China Open champ will claim $775,500.


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