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Peers stuns Kleybanova

BRISBANE: Australian wildcard Sally Peers stunned seventh-seeded Russian Alisa Kleybanova with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win in the opening match of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Peers, ranked 154th in the world heading into the tournament, beat Kleybanova over an exhausting two hours, 18 minutes in stifling conditions at the Pat Rafter Arena.

Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski brought the Brisbane crowd back down to earth when she beat the higher-ranked Russian-born Anastasia Rodionova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The results: First round: Men: Denis Istomin bt Thiemo de Bakker 7-6(6), 6-4; Feliciano Lopez bt Philipp Petzschner6-4, 7-6 (11).

Women: Sally Peers bt Alisa Kleybanova 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; Bojana Jovanovski bt Anastasia Rodionova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Lucie Safarova bt Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova bt Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 6-7(7), 6-3; Jarmila Groth bt Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 7-5 .

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