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Kremlin Cup: Kirilenko edges out Shvedova to reach quarters

MOSCOW, OCT 18 (IANS/RIA NOVOSTI)
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Published on 18 Oct. 2012 11:07 PM IST
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Russia’s Maria Kirilenko weathered a tenacious performance from Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan to reach the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup tennis here Thursday.

Kirilenko won both sets by breaking Shvedova’s serve and took match 7-5, 6-4, after nerves appeared to play their part in delivering eight breaks in the 22 games.

The match pitted together two Moscow natives, with Kirilenko officially representing Russia, while Shvedova switched to represent Kazakhstan in 2008.

Kirilenko came back from a break down in the first set to level at 5-5 before breaking Shvedova to seal the set.
The Russian now faces Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson, who stunned second seed Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-0 Wednesday.
Earlier, Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic thrashed Russian qualifier Valeria Solovieva to reach the quarter-finals.

Ivanovic beat world No.216 Solovieva 6-1, 6-4 in the second round for her first win in two appearances at the Moscow tournament.

“I think she started to play better in the second set and she was missing less,” Ivanovic said, adding that she thought Solovieva was overawed by the occasion in the first set.

“I think it was the nerves because I think she was playing in her first big match.” The Serbian fourth seed will now play qualifier Vesna Dolonc in an all-Serbian quarter-final after Dolonc demolished Romania’s Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 in the second round.

Sania-Nuria lose in Moscow
Indo-Spanish pair of Sania Mirza and Nuria Llagostera lost out to Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the women’s doubles quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup here Thursday.

The third seeds were upset in one hour and 40 minutes in the last eight clash.Double faults proved costly for Sania and Nuria as they served six of them at crucial junctures of the match in comparison to two of their opponents.

The unseeded Americans also broke the Indo-Spanish pair when needed in a topsy-turvy match, where service games were regularly broken.

 
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