Zvovareva advances in Dubai.

Vera Zvonareva overcame a slow start Wednesday to beat Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the Dubai Championships. The second-seeded Russian dropped serve twice in the opening set, but broke Vinci three times. Zvonareva was more comfortable in the second set, conceding no break opportunities, and she converted all three opportunities on the Italian’s serve. Zvonareva closed out the match when Vinci hit a return wide, and later said she needed time to adjust to the court after having a first-round bye. “On this court, the ball is very light. Her slice skids,” Zvonareva said. “So if you just try to get to the ball and just hit it, you will probably overhit it and your ball will go like three meters out. Here you have to wait a little bit longer, Once you make those little adjustments, you figure out how the ball bounces on the court, how it flies here, then you already know which shot you should pick. “I’m pretty happy with the way I managed the match. I had some unforced errors out there. But at the same time, I had some great points. So I’m happy overall. Just looking forward for the next one.” Zvonareva, a quarterfinalist last year in Dubai, improved her record to 4-1 over Vinci. “It’s never easy to play Roberta, she’s a tricky player. It was a tough match,” said Zvonareva, who is coming off a semifinal loss at the Pattaya Open.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland also advanced, beating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-5, 6-4, while Shahar Peer of Israel won her second match in two days by defeating Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 6-4, 6-2.

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