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  • Zvonareva optimistic despite early defeat at Indian Wells

  • INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Vera Zvonareva lost to China's Peng Shuai in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday — and found a reason to be optimistic.
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  • INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Vera Zvonareva lost to China's Peng Shuai in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday — and found a reason to be optimistic.
    "It was a tough match," Zvonareva said after the 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 loss that dropped the Russian to 1-3 this season. "I took a little risk in the last game because I had to and unfortunately it didn't work out for me. I made a couple of mistakes and I think that helped her to break me in the last game. I think my game is better than it was in Australia, so I can't complain too much."
    In Australia, where she lost to Casey Dellacqua in the opening round of the Australian Open, Zvonareva was playing her first match since the London Olympics in August 2012. The 2009 Indian Wells champion sat out all of last year and had surgery to correct right shoulder problems that bothered her throughout 2012, when her ranking dropped from No. 7 to No. 98.
    In other action on the first day of the 12-day, $10.5 million event, 38th-ranked Madison Keys led four Americans into the second round.
    The 19-year-old Keys, from Boca Raton, Fla., rolled over Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-1, and will face 13th-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy.
    Also advancing were Shelby Rogers, with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic; Lauren Davis, who beat Taiwan's Yung-Jan Chan, 6-4, 6-3; and Varvara Lepchenko, a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium.
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