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Eight more Russians - six women and two men - progressed
Eight more Russians - six women and two men - progressed on Tuesday to the second round of the 2008 Australian Open tennis championship.

In the women's singles, Day Two of the tournament was a disappointment for two Russian players as Dinara Safina, seeded 16, unexpectedly lost to Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 2-6 and Alla Kudryavsteva went out to Alyona Bondarenko (21) of Ukraine in straight sets 4-6, 6-7 (4-7).

In other women's singles games on Tuesday, the world No. 2, Svetlana Kuznetsova (2), eased passed Nathalie Dechy of France in straight sets 6-3, 6-1; Anna Chakvetadze (6) spent exactly three minutes on the court after her German opponent Andrea Petkovic retired due to a foot injury; Nadezhda Petrova (14) zipped past Australia's Nicole Pratt 6-1, 6-3; Yekaterina Makarova defeated Agnes Szavay (20) of Hungary 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 and Maria Kirilenko (27) overcame Meilen Tu from the United States 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

In the men's singles, Russia's Dmitry Tursunov (32), who won the 2008 Medibank International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia last week, knocked out in a tough match Belgium's Xavier Malisse 6-7 (7-1), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3; while another Russian, Marat Safin, overcame Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).

On Monday, five Russian women and four men also secured places in the second round.


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