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    6 RUSSIAN WOMEN ADVANCE TO 2ND ROUND OF AUSTRALIAN OPEN

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    JAKARTA, January 20 (RIA Novosti) - Six Russian women have advanced to the second round of the Australian Open which has $19 million in prize money.

    On Tuesday seven Russian women vied for the next round, and only Tatyana Panova failed to beat her rival, Ai Sugiyama of Japan (4-6, 2-6).

    The other Russian women were successful. Russia's number one player, Anastasia Myskina had no problems in her 6-2, 7-5 victory over Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden. Sixteen year-old Maria Sharapova beat Martinez-Granados of Spain, whose birthday is on January 20, 6-4, 6-3. Two other young Russian players also gratified Russian tennis lovers: Dinara Safina defeated Lubomira Kurhajkova of Slovakia, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), and Vera Dushevina beat Jie Zheng of China, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.

    Lina Krasnorutskaya also made it to the second round of the Australian Open by defeating Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-3, 6-4. Finally, Yelena Likhovtseva gained the upper hand over Daily Randriantefy of Madagascar, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

    These Russian women joined Vera Zvonareva, Yelena Bovina and Svetlana Kuznetsova, who successfully overcame the first round the day before.

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