Makarova, Kuznetsova into D.C. quarters


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Washington, DC ( - Seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Svetlana Kuznetsova were all second-round winners Thursday at the Citi Open tennis event.

The second-seeded Makarova breezed past American Lauren Davis by a 6-2, 6-4 score to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Pavlyuchenkova, the fifth-seeded 2012 runner-up of this event who handled Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata 6-3, 6-3 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.

Kuznetsova, seeded sixth, got past Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 7-5. The one- time world No. 2 will next take on Vania King, who vaulted past Christina McHale 6-1, 6-3 in an all-American affair.

The winner of this U.S. Open Series tournament will collect $43,000.

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