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Kuznetsova wins in Moscow

Svetlana Kuznetsova
Kuznetsova powers past Alize Cornet in the first round.
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MOSCOW (AP)

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup with straight-sets victories on Tuesday.

Kuznetsova beat French qualifier Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3, while Muller had 19 aces on his way to a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Russian qualifier Konstantin Kravchukin.

American Alex Bogomolov Jr. reached the second round after rallying past Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The 19th-ranked Kuznetsova broke Cornet twice to lead 4-1 in the first set. The two-time Grand Slam winner rallied from 2-0 down in the second set, winning five consecutive games to take it in front of the home crowd.

The 50th-ranked Muller saved two break points in the opening game and prevailed in a first-set tiebreaker before scoring a decisive break in the first game of the second set.

Muller will play Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who ousted Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 7-5, 6-3, in the second round.

Bogomolov built a 4-1 lead in the third set before Lajovic broke twice to even it before surrendering a point on his own serve in the ninth game. Bogomolov held serve to win it and set up a match with Mikhail Kukushkin of Russian.

In women's first round play, Tsvetana Pironkova advanced after Petra Martic retired with a left foot injury after losing the first set 6-1. Ksenia Pervak was another Russian to reach the second round after a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan.

Pervak will play third-seeded Marion Bartoli, fresh off a Japan Open win.

''She is in perfect form now, but I'll try my best to win,'' Pervak said.

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