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Sanchez Vicario advances in Evert Cup

March 9, 1997

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) _ Top-seeded Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain beat Silvia Farina of Italy 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday in the second round of the Evert Cup at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort.

``She started well and I started slow,″ Sanchez Vicario said. ``I was just getting used to the court. Stadium court is so big. Once I got used to the court, I started going for my shots. I felt more comfortable in the second set. It’s always tough to play your first match.″

In other second-round matches, No. 6 Irina Spirlea of Romania beat Alexia Dechaume-Balleret of France 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2; No. 12 Elena Likhovtseva of Russia edged Olga Barabanschikova of Belarus 6-2, 6-2; No. 13 Nathalie Tauziat of France beat Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2; and Sandrine Testud of France topped No. 16 Lisa Raymond 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

In first-round matches, No. 10 Barbara Paulus of Austria beat Francesca Lubiani of Italy 6-7 (8-10), 6-1, 6-4, and No. 11 Kimberly Po edged Ann Grossman 5-7, 6-0, 6-0.

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