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Navarro, Lorenzi advance to second round at Kremlin Cup

The Canadian Press

10/15/2013 9:37:42 AM

MOSCOW -- Carla Suarez Navarro 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.