Petrova, Youzhny advance at Kremlin Cup
In the men’s first round, third-seeded
The 17th-ranked Petrova had little trouble against her fellow Russian, the runner-up at the junior U.S. Open who was playing in her first
“The match was so short and she (Buchina) was so nervous that it wasn’t going her way,” said Petrova.
In the next round Petrova will face Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine, who beat 2006 champion Anna Chakvetadze 6-4, 6-3.
Later, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain beat seventh-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, 6-2, 6-2.
Youzhny, who is looking for his first title this season, won six consecutive games to take the first set but had a harder time in the second. Zeballos saved two match points in a second-set tiebreaker before Youzhny closed out the match with a forehand winner.
The tournament has a weakened women’s draw because seven of the world’s top players have already qualified for next week’s season-ending
Defending champion Jelena Jankovic, runner-up