Zvonareva beats Makarova in straight sets in St. Petersburg

Zvonareva beats Makarova in straight sets in St. Petersburg
Vera Zvonareva of Russia returns the ball to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy by beating Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4 Monday.

The 34-year-old Zvonareva returned to the top 100 in the rankings this month after a six-year absence.

Zvonareva will next play either Julia Goerges of Germany or Maria Sakkari of Greece in the second round.

Also, Alison van Uytvanck defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4, setting up a second-round match against fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.

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