* Russian top seed survives test to advance
* Kuznetsova suffers shock defeat
* Good day for the women's seeds
By Simon Cambers
INDIAN WELLS, California, March 13 Top seed
Dinara Safina survived a tough test of her title credentials
before beating Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-6 6-2 in the
second round of the WTA event in Indian Wells on Friday.
The Russian saved four set points in the first-set
tie-break against a determined Pironkova before easing through
the second set.
World number 50 Pironkova served for the first set at 5-4
but Safina broke straight back and then held her nerve in the
tiebreak to win it 10-8.
The second was much more straightforward and Safina
clinched victory to set up a third-round meeting with 28th seed
Shahar Peer of Israel.
Fourth seed Vera Zvonareva, number eight Victoria Azarenka
of Belarus and Danish ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki also
advanced, as did former world number one Amelie Mauresmo.
But there was a shock defeat for sixth seed Sevtlana
Kuznetsova as the former U.S. Open champion was beaten 6-2 4-6
6-3 by Urszula Radwanska of Poland in round two.
Both players led by a break of serve in the final set but
Radwanska eventually got the crucial one in the eighth game and
held on in a marathon final service game for victory.
Mauresmo, who won her first title in two years last month
in Paris, battled past German Anna-Lena Groenefeld 5-7 6-3 6-4
in three minutes short of three hours.
"It was not a great level of play, but the main thing was
done today, to win and to go through this first match, which
wasn't so easy," Mauresmo said.
"It's my first match after almost four weeks now. You want
to try to get into it and get into a rhythm, which was not so
"But it was a good fight, and I am just happy to go through
and have the opportunity to do better for the next one."
In the men's event, German qualifier Michael Berrer beat
South African Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 and will meet world number
one Rafa Nadal in the second round.
German Tommy Haas was among the day's other first-round
(Editing by John O'Brien)