Cibulkova advances at Florida tennis

PONTE VEDRA: Third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova defeated Alla Kudryavtseva 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the 200,000 dollar WTA MPS Group Championships on Wednesday.

It was the first time in four career meetings that Slovakia''s Cibulkova had beat Kudryavtseva.

Fifth-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova held off American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2. Mattek-Sands fought off five match points before losing. Sixth-seeded Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak beat Ayumi Morita, 2-6 6-3, 6-2.