Vera Zvonareva plays Akgul Amanmuradova for a place in the last eight of the Pattaya Open on Wednesday.
Zvonareva has won the Pattaya Open twice in the past and while she was not at her best in her first round clash with lowly ranked Thai qualifier Varatchaya Wongteanchai, she did enough to progress 6-2, 7-5.
The Russian suffered a bit of a scare at the end of the second set, fending off three break points at 5-5. "The first match is always tough," she said afterwards. "I didn't play my game but I always came up with better shots when I needed them."
Amanmuradova will present a stiffer challenge as she often enjoys her best results in the Far East. The Uzbek is currently ranked 107 although she hit a career best of 50 four years ago.
Last year she reached the Pattaya quarters before getting thumped 6-2, 6-0 by Daniela Hantuchova. It seems unlikely that she'll progress that far this time round going by her results to date in 2012. She lost in the first round of Australian Open qualifying as well as in Brisbane qualifying.
Prediction: Zvonareva in two.