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Navarro through in Moscow

Carla Suarez Navarro (AFP)
Carla Suarez Navarro (AFP)

Moscow - Carla Suarez Navarro has advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over lucky-loser Vera Dushevina on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Spaniard, who is looking for her maiden title, broke the Russian in the 10th game of the first set and went up 3-0 in the second.

"I managed to keep myself concentrated throughout the match and I'm really pleased with that," Suarez Navarro said.

Also, ninth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova struggled with her first serve and lost to Serbian qualifier Vesan Dolonc 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Cibulkova saved five break points in the 10th game of the second set before returning wide at 40-30 down on her next service game.

The 92nd-ranked Dolonc broke the Slovak for a 4-2 lead in the third set and then saved a break point while serving for the match.

Earlier, Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia ousted Russian wild-card entry Ksenia Pervak 7-5, 6-2.

In the first round of the men's tournament, Paolo Lorenzi advanced when Filippo Volandri retired with a right hip strain. Lorenzi was leading 3-6, 7-5, 4-1.

Volandri served for the match in the second set while leading 6-3, 5-4, but Lorenzi broke him to level.

"He had one match point so I was lucky," Lorenzi said. "It wasn't easy because we are very good friends. This morning we made the warm up together."

In an all-Italian second round, Lorenzi will face defending champion Andreas Seppi, who had a first-round bye.

Results from the second day of the WTA Kremlin Cup on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

Men's singles:


First round:
Andrey Golubev (KAZ) bt Oleksandr Nedovyesov (UKR) 6-2, 7-5
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 6-4, 6-1
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt Filippo Volandri (ITA) 3-6, 7-5, 4-1 retired

Women's singles:

First round:
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) bt Arantxa Parra (ESP) 6-1, 6-2
Vesna Manasieva (SRB) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x9) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Vesna Dolonc (SRB) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x9) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) bt Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 7-5, 6-2
Carla Suarez-Navarro (ESP x6) bt Vera Dushevina (RUS) 6-4, 6-3
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) bt Danka Kovinic (MNE) 6-4, 6-3
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) bt Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 0-6, 6-1, 6-3

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