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Zvonareva advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

Posted: 20 Apr 2011 06:01 AM PDT

STUTTGART, Germany (AP): Vera Zvonareva rallied to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Russian match on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Also in the second round, Agnieszka Radwanska upset third-seeded Francesca Schiavone 6-1, 6-3 and Kristina Barrois defeated eighth-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-2.

Barrois is the first German to reach the last eight in Stuttgart since Anke Huber 10 years ago.

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FINA opts for safer open water program at worlds

Posted: 20 Apr 2011 05:54 AM PDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): Open water races at the world championships will start earlier in the day in cooler, safer conditions following the death of American swimmer Fran Crippen in the United Arab Emirates last year.

Swimming's governing body, FINA, says it has changed the schedule in Shanghai in July to "create the best possible competitive environment" for athletes.

Races will start from 8-9 a.m. "to avoid the peak hours ... in relation to the air and water temperature."

FINA acted after an independent panel investigating Crippen's drowning in hot conditions recommended wide-ranging safety improvements last week.

FINA says it chose the Jinshan City Beach course for its water quality and "possibility of fully implementing" safety.

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