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Tennis: Vesnina, Peng reach Pattaya Open quarter finals

Seeds Elena Vesnina and Peng Shuai reached the quarter finals of the Pattaya Open on Thursday, joining unseeded Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm who defeated Tadeja Majeric of Slovenia 7-6 (4) 6-3. Russia's Vesnina beat Thai wild card Nicha Lertpitaksinchai 6-3, 6-3, and Peng of China overcame a strong challenge from Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru to win 6-3 6-4. Vesnina struggled to make any impression on Lertpitaksinchai's serve in the early stages.

Spaniards Muguruza, Cabeza Candela reach Hobart quarterfinals

International Sports Desk, Jan 8 (EFE).- Spanish qualifiers Garbiñe Muguruza and Estrella Cabeza Candela advanced Wednesday to the quarterfinals of the Hobart International, a tune-up event for the Australian Open, which gets underway next week. Cabeza Candela lost the first set to third-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina but strong serving enabled her to battle back and take the second set convincingly. Then, with the Spaniard leading 4-6, 6-2, 4-1, Vesnina retired from the match with a hip injury.

Spaniards Muguruza, Cabeza Candela reach Hobart quarterfinals

International Sports Desk, Jan 8 (EFE).- Spanish qualifiers Garbiñe Muguruza and Estrella Cabeza Candela advanced Wednesday to the quarterfinals of the Hobart International, a tune-up event for the Australian Open, which gets underway next week. Cabeza Candela lost the first set to third-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina but strong serving enabled her to battle back and take the second set convincingly. Then, with the Spaniard leading 4-6, 6-2, 4-1, Vesnina retired from the match with a hip injury.

Tennis: New Haven Open results - Day 3

Results from the day 3 of the WTA New Haven Open on Tuesday: Women's singles 2nd round Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Sabine Lisicki (GER x7) 7-5, 6-3 Klara Zakopalova (CZE) bt Mónica Puig (PUR) 6-4, 6-1 Elena Vesnina (RUS) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x2) 6-2, 6-4 Women's singles 1st round Petra Kvitova (CZE x3) bt Annika Beck (GER) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 bds/dw

Tennis: Vesnina topples Kerber at New Haven

Second-seeded Angelique Kerber was bundled out of the WTA New Haven Open on Tuesday, beaten 6-2, 6-4 by unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina. Vesnina, who had lost all three of her prior encounters with Germany's Kerber, won the first set with ease and recovered from an early break in the second to grab the victory and book her quarter-final berth.

Tennis: Windswept Vesnina, Lopez sail to Eastbourne titles

Elena Vesnina and Feliciano Lopez defied chilly, blustery conditions to capture their first career grasscourt titles at the Eastbourne International on Saturday. Unseeded Vesnina of Russia claimed her second WTA title with a 6-2 6-1 defeat of Jamie Hampton while Lopez, a three-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist, beat French second seed Gilles Simon 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (5/7), 6-0 in a dress rehearsal of their Wimbledon first-round clash next week. The Spaniard now owns three titles, his third coming nine years after his first.

Tennis: Eastbourne ATP-WTA results - collated

Results from the sixth day of the ATP-WTA Eastbourne International on Saturday (x denotes seeding): Men Final Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x2) 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (5/7), 6-0 Women Final Elena Vesnina (RUS) bt Jamie Hampton (USA) 6-2, 6-1 afp

Tennis: Windswept Vesnina sails to Eastbourne title

Elena Vesnina mastered testing, windy conditions on Saturday to win the second WTA title of her career with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Jamie Hampton at the ATP-WTA Eastbourne International. Vesnina will move up to 22nd in the world as a result of her success, with Hampton rising to a career-best 25th. The contest took 73 minutes in whipping wind which resulted in several dead bounces and shots going out which would normally land in. Vesnina had her own troubles with a billowy short skirt.

Tennis: Windswept Vesnina sails to Eastbourne title

Elena Vesnina mastered testing, windy conditions on Saturday to win the second title of her career with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Jamie Hampton at the Eastbourne International. The men's title was to be decided later, with French second seed Gilles Simon playing Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Vesnina will move up to 22nd in the world as a result of her success, with Hampton rising to a career-best 25th. The Russian was adding to her breakthrough triumph in Hobart, Tasmania, the week before the Australian Open.

Vesnina rides the wind to win her second title

(Reuters) - Strong winds played havoc with her skirt and brought her a warning for time-wasting but Elena Vesnina rose above the problems to win her second WTA Tour title on the grass of Eastbourne on Saturday, beating American qualifier Jamie Hampton 6-2 6-1. The Devonshire Park courts at the southern English seaside resort, always known for windy conditions, proved especially tricky for finals day and Vesnina was warned for taking too long to serve early in the second set as she tried to stop her skirt flapping.
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