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Safina, Mauresmo into third round

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Top-seeded Dinara Safina fought off three set points in a first-set tiebreaker and beat Tina Pironkova of Bulgaria, 7-6 (8), 6-2 in a second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday night.

Safina, the younger sister of 2000 U.S. Open champion and former men’s No. 1 Marat Safin, can replace Serena Williams atop the WTA Tour rankings by reaching the final of this 12-day event. Williams, who beat Safina in the Australian Open final six weeks ago, is not playing here.

Amelie Mauresmo, coming back from yet another of the injuries that have plagued her in recent years, advanced to the third round with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

• In men’s second-round action, American Sam Querrey was a 7-6 (2), 6-2 winner over Guillermo Canas of Argentina; Tommy Haas of Germany beat Oscar Hernandez of Spain, 6-3, 6-3; Taylor Dent of the U.S. overcame Diego Junqueira of Argentina, 6-1, 7-6 (3); Michael Russell of the U.S. topped Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, 7-5, 6-2; American Bobby Reynolds outlasted Fabio Fognini of Italy, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2; and Robert Kendrick of the U.S. beat Bjorn Phau of Germany, 7-5, 6-2.


Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, the No. 5 seed, withdrew due to a left heel injury.

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