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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zvonareva Topples U.S. Teen

APRussia's Vera Zvonareva celebrating her win over Ashley Harkleroad on Wednesday.
NEW YORK -- Vera Zvonareva and Ashley Harkleroad looked like a couple of petulant teenagers in their second-round match at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

No, wait a minute. They are teenagers.

Zvonareva, 18, fumed. She smacked her racket and smacked tennis balls in anger.

Harkleroad, 18, looked like a Barbie doll in sulk mode when she became upset with the chair umpire in the second set after a perceived injustice, yelling: "You can never be my chair umpire again. That's horrible."

Despite the histrionics, it had been an interesting match through two sets. Then they had to play the third. The 13th-seeded Zvonareva of Russia defeated Harkleroad, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, in 1 hour 51 minutes. Harkleroad called it a learning experience, saying she should not have become so upset but adding that she did use it to her benefit.

The problem was that the adrenaline and anger wore off in the third set, and Zvonareva stabilized, winning the first five games by making use of her big forehand.

Zvonareva's biggest career win was over Venus Williams in the fourth round at this year's French Open. She will next play No. 17 Meghann Shaughnessy in the third round.

In Wednesday's other action, third-seeded Lindsay Davenport followed title contenders Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters into the next round with a minimum of fuss Wednesday.

The American, champion here in 1998, beat Italian Maria Elena Camerin 6-2, 6-4 in the first match of the evening session at Flushing Meadows.

"It felt good. I managed to get through relatively easily," Davenport told reporters after her second-round victory.

Earlier, Wimbledon men's champion Federer opened his U.S. Open campaign with a first-round win. Argentine Jose Acasuso retired because of cramps with the Swiss player leading 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, 2-0.

Women's world No. 1 Clijsters thrashed American Laura Granville 6-1, 6-1 in 49 minutes.

Clijsters, yet to win a grand slam crown, was sublime against Granville and was joined in the third round by ninth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova, who survived a late scare against Ukrainian Julia Vakulenko to win 6-0, 7-6.

"I lost a little bit of my rhythm in the second set, so I am definitely relieved," Hantuchova said.

It was not a victory without drama. The emotionally frail Slovak almost burst into tears when she missed a match point in the 10th game of the second set. But Hantuchova quickly pulled herself together and will next meet Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn, who ousted 18th-seeded Swiss Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-3.

(LAT, Reuters)