Monterrey: Third seed Maria Kirilenko advanced to the second round of the Monterrey Open tennis tournament after winning in straight-sets against Ximena Hermoso.
The Russian needed 90 minutes on Tuesday to dispatch the Mexican 7-5, 6-1 and set up a second-round matchup with Serbia`s Jovana Jaksic.
Kirilenko, who has one title under her belt this season already, after winning the Pattaya City event in January, is on course for a semifinal clash with fourth seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.
Qualifier Jaksic earned the shot at Kirilenko with a hard-fought victory over another Russian, Vera Dushevina, 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(2).
Dushevina was one of five Russians to exit the tournament in the first round.
Germany`s Angelique Kerber is the top seed for the $235,000 WTA hardcourt event.
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