World number one Dinara Safina and fifth seed Ana Ivanovic moved into the third round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
The top-seeded Safina had to decide the first set against Virginie Razzano in a tiebreak, but took the second set straightforwardly to win 7-6(1) 6-1.
Ana Ivanovic also progressed in straight sets, taking out home favorite Francesca Schiavone 6-3 6-4. The Serb will next face tenth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
Two seeds were upset today in Rome: No.11 Marion Bartoli fell to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1 7-5, while No.13 Alize Cornet lost to Kateryna Bondarenko 6-4 6-1.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, champion last weekend in Stuttgart, is through, as well as Jelena Jankovic, Flavia Pennetta, Caroline Wozniacki, Kaia Kanepi, Nadia Petrova, and Zheng Jie. And please note: Anna Chakvetadze has also advanced. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)