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Tennis: Dushevina Defeats Lisjak at Gaz de France Tournament


Vera Dushevina of Russia has defeated Ivana Lisjak of Croatia, 7-6, 6-0 in a first-round match at the Gaz de France indoor women's tennis tournament in Paris.

Dushevina, ranked 46th in the world, next meets Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo of France in the second round Wednesday. The top-seeded Mauresmo has a first-round bye. Also with byes into the second round are second-seeded Mary Pierce of France, third-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova and fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.

In other first round play, Virginie Razzano of France beat Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-1. Razzano next plays defending champion Dinara Safina of Russia. Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria needed three sets to beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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