21
Oct
10

Top seeds Jankovic and Davydenko both lose in Moscow.

Qualifier Zarina Diyas beat top-seeded Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-2 Thursday in the second round of the Kremlin Cup. The 268th-ranked Diyas, who celebrated her 17th birthday on Monday, led 5-0 in the first set when Jankovic called for a doctor and had her blood pressure checked.  Jankovic, who has qualified for next week’s WTA championships, managed to break back early in the second set but Diyas then broke the Serb two times. In the quarterfinals, Diyas will face sixth-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia, who routed Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine 6-0, 6-0.

Home favourite Nikolay Davydenko was the major casualty in Wednesday’s Kremlin Cup action in Moscow as he lost to qualifier Pablo Cuevas. Davydenko, seeded first in the Russian capital and a three-time winner of the event, lost 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/5) in one hour and 48 minutes to the Uruguayan, ranked 47th in the world, who secured his first-ever ATP Tour win against a top 20 player. It was a much more straightforward day for fourth seed Marcos Baghdatis as the Cypriot stormed past Italy’s Potito Starace 6-4 6-3 in 62 minutes and for Radek Stepanek as the Czech fifth seed disposed of Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-2. Defending champion Mikhail Youzhny was forced to pull out of the event due to a viral infection.


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