Russian Yelena Dementyeva has reached the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open that is being held in Tokyo. Ranked 19th in the Women's Tennis Association /WTA/, on Tuesday she outplayed Meghann Shaughnessy, a skilful American player, 7:5, 6:2.
Yelena Dementyeva's next opponent at the tournament in Tokyo, prize money equal to $1.3 mln, will be French Stephanie Cohen Aloro, a qualifier. On Tuesday, Cohen Aloro inflicted an unexpected defeat upon another Russian representative Tatyana Panova, winning in the first round 6:0, 6:3.
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