Zvonareva struggles once again but advances at U.S. Open

New York: Vera Zvonareva struggled once again at the U.S. Open but the second seed managed to defeat pesky Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-4, 7-5 on Friday and move into the fourth round of the year`s final grand slam.

Zvonareva, a finalist in 2010, needed two hours to defeat Garrigues for the fourth time in five career meetings.

The 26-year-old Russian committed 35 unforced errors while producing only 25 winners under sunny skies in Arthur Ashe Stadium on the grounds of the National Tennis Center.

Zvonareva, who was not at her best while defeating Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in her second-round match, will next face either unseeded American Irina Falconi or number 22 Sabine Lisicki of Germany.

Bureau Report

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