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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Women March On in Germany

FILDERSTADT, Germany -- Yelena Dementieva overcame fellow Russian Nadia Petrova and an inconsistent serve to reach the second round of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Wednesday.

She won 6-3, 6-3 and was joined by compatriot Anastasia Myskina, who recovered from a disastrous start to advance 0-6, 6-1, 4-0 when Alexandra Stevenson retired with a back strain.

Another Russian threatened an upset, but was unable to deliver, as seventh-seeded Chanda Rubin of the United States edged past Vera Zvonareva 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Zvonareva controlled the opening set, but Rubin leveled at one set all before five consecutive breaks in the final set left Rubin serving for victory at 5-3. Even then, she had to fend off a break point before finally closing out the match.

Fifth seed Amelie Mauresmo of France was also stretched in the first set before beating Meghann Shaughnessy 7-6, 6-2.

Shaughnessy surrendered just one point in her first three service games and then led 40-0 on Mauresmo's serve at 3-2. But Mauresmo survived that threat with the aid of two aces and went on to take the tiebreak before dominating the second set.

Dementieva, who with Myskina has been one of the most successful players on the WTA Tour in recent weeks, had her serve broken four times by French Open semifinalist Petrova.

But for her part, Petrova struggled with her inconsistent groundstrokes and volleys.

"I think we both had a problem with our serve today, especially the first one, so it was difficult," Dementieva said.

"But when I could [serve], it was a little advantage for me, and I felt I had a chance to win."

Russians have dominated the weeks since the U.S. Open, with Dementieva, Myskina and 16-year-old Maria Sharapova claiming all five titles on offer.

There are now two Russians in the top 10, and four in the top 15, and according to Dementieva the success of one inspires success in the others.

"Anastasia told me that after I won my two titles in Asia, it was a big motivation for her to win in Leipzig," said Dementieva, who last month won both Bali and Shanghai.

"That's how it works. One wants to be better than the other one."

Myskina, who has won Leipzig and Moscow in successive weeks, admitted she was tired in the opening set but that her opponent let her into the match.

"I was a little bit tired. Not a little bit, a lot, and I couldn't really concentrate in the first set," Myskina said. "Then she started missing a lot, and I thought maybe I should try harder. I did, and then she retired.

"It's really tough mentally, and physically also, to play again so soon after Moscow. But I have a goal to play the Tour Championships this year, and I really want to reach this goal."