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Moscow – Eighth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Monday by beating Russian wild-card entry Margarita Gasparyan 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Safarova won five consecutive games in the first set, and then broke twice in the third before serving out the match at love.
Earlier, Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden marked her Kremlin Cup debut with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia.
Samantha Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open Champion, is the top-seeded player in the women's draw, while Marion Bartoli of France is No. 2.
Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine leads the men's field of the 23rd edition of the tournament. Andreas Seppi is seeded second. – Sapa-AP