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Sabine Lisicki cruises into third round of Mercury Insurance Open

August 3, 2011 |  8:26 pm

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Sabine Lisicki blew past Kimiko Date-Krumm to win in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2 in the last singles match of the day at the Mercury Insurance Open.

The twelfth-seeded German simply overpowered Date-Krumm in a match that was never really in question. Lisicki won the vast majority of points on her serve, and punished Date-Krumm’s flat and slow first serve with booming returns. To close the first set, Date-Krumm gave up a 40-0 lead on serve, allowing Lisicki to break her in ad points –- a microcosm of the German player’s dominance.

Lisicki moves on to face American Coco Vandeweghe in the third round Thursday. Vandeweghe will play again in doubles tonight after winning a three-set singles match earlier this afternoon.

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-- Matt Stevens

Photo: Sabine Lisicki returns a forehand during her match against Greta Arn at the Mercury Insurance Open on Tuesday. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images

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