Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy by beating Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4 Monday.

The 34-year-old Zvonareva returned to the top 100 in the rankings this month after a six-year absence.

Zvonareva will next play either Julia Goerges of Germany or Maria Sakkari of Greece in the second round.

Also, Alison van Uytvanck defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4, setting up a second-round match against fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.

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Ekaterina Makarova of Russia returns the ball to Vera Zvonareva of Russia during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament match in St. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Ekaterina Makarova of Russia returns the ball to Vera Zvonareva of Russia during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament match in St. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)