Chakvetadze advances

Carlsbad, August 2:

Anna Chakvetadze began her pursuit of a third straight WTA Tour title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Meghann Shaughnessy at the Acura Classic.

The Russian will face Ai Sugiyama of Japan in the third round after the unseeded Sugiyama defeated No 15 Sybille Bammer of Austria, 6-2, 7-6 (3).

Top seeded Maria Sharapova looked sharp in her first match of the tournament, a 6-1, 6-3 second-round win over Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand.

No 10 seed Venus Williams continued her strong play with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over France’s Virginie Razzano. The former No 1 and six-time Grand Slam champion will meet sixth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova, a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 winner over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

Also, No 8 Dinara Safina of Russia was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Camille Pin

of France; ninth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber, 6-1, 6-2; No 11 Patty Schnyder of Switzerland routed Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-2, 6-0; and France’s Tatiana Golovin, the No 13 seed, beat Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.