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MOSCOW---US Open champion
Marin Cilic reached the quarter-
finals of the Kremlin Cup after
grinding out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory
over Russian wild card entrant
Evgeny Donskoy yesterday.
The second-seeded Croatian
struggled at times on his way to
victory in 1 hour 52 minutes, his
first match of the tournament after
receiving a first-round bye.
Cilic was broken to love in the
first game of the deciding set, but
immediately broke back and soon
closed out the match.
"I m satisfied with my game. You
are always a little bit rusty in the
first match," Cilic said.
"From the back of the court I felt
I could have been hitting the shots
a bit better and, the serve, on some
occasions I was feeling it really well,
and some I was a little bit up and
He next faces either sixth-seeded
Tommy Robredo of Spain or Serbia s
Cilic has yet to qualify for the
season-ending ATP Tour Finals in
London and a good showing in
Moscow could prove important.
Fifth-seeded Spaniard Roberto
Bautista Agut won his second-
round match against big-serving
Australian Sam Groth 7-6 (5), 7-6
In the quarterfinals, Bautista Agut
will meet top-seeded Canadian
Milos Raonic if he beats Lithuania s
Ricardas Berankis on Thursday.
Russia s Mikhail Youzhny, the
world No 27, reached the quarter-
finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over
compatriot Viktor Baluda, ranked
439 places below him.
Italy s Andreas Seppi, the 2012
Kremlin Cup winner beat Croatia s
Ivan Dodig 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the second
There was an upset in the
women s draw as second-seeded
Ekaterina Makarova exited her
hometown tournament in the sec-
ond round, losing 6-4, 6-4 to
Romania s Irina-Camelia Begu.
"Begu played very well today,"
Makarova said. "I was obviously
worried, I won t hide that. I really
wanted to play well at home, so I
had some emotions."
Begu next meets either Bulgaria s
Tsvetana Pironkova or Moscow-
born Serbian, Aleksandra Krunic.
Third-seeded Flavia Pennetta also
fell, losing 7-6 (4), 6-4 to fellow
Italian Camila Giorgi in their sec-
Also in the quarterfinals is fourth-
seeded Lucie Safarova, who ousted
Serbia s Alja Tomljanovic 7-6 (4),
6-2, while Svetlana Kuznetsova of
Russia rallied to beat Ukraine s
Kateryna Kozlova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Donskoy in Moscow LUXEMBOURG---Second-seeded
Alize Cornet of France and third-
seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany
bowed out of the second round of the
Luxembourg Open yesterday.
All the top three seeded players are
now out of the tournament after Cor-
net lost 6-2, 6-3 to Kiki Bertens of
the Netherlands and Lisicki was beaten
7-5, 6-2 by Czech qualifier Denisa
Allertova. Top-seeded Andrea Petkovic
of Germany lost on Tuesday.
Cornet, ranked 21st, had eight dou-
ble-faults and dropped serve six times
to exit the tournament.
Although Lisicki had four aces, com-
pared to none for her opponent, she
dropped serve six times in a patchy
The 73rd-ranked Bertens will next
face Mona Barthel of Germany in the
quarterfinals, after she powered past
No 8 Monica Niculescu of Romania
0-6, 7-5. 6-3.
However, fourth-seeded Barbora
Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech
Republic and No 5 Varvara Lepchenko
of the United States did advance to
the last eight.
Zahlavova Strycova won 6-4, 7-6
(1) against Belgium s Alison Van Uyt-
vanck in a match featuring 11 service
breaks, while Lepchenko saved all eight
break points she faced in a 6-2, 6-2
win against Slovakia s Jana Cepelova.
Zahlavova Strycova next plays qual-
ifier Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who
rallied past Polona Hercog of Slovenia
6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-1, while Lepchenko s
quarterfinal opponent is Allertova.
Sixth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy
also went out after losing 7-5, 6-0
against Annika Beck of Germany, who
broke her serve seven times.
Beck next plays Austria s Patricia
Mayr-Achleitner, who won 6-1, 7-5
against France s Pauline Parmentier.
made a winning return from a four-
week injury layoff yesterday, rallying
to defeat Carlos Berlocq of Argentina
3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of
the Erste Bank Open.
The fourth-seeded German, who
had a bye in the first round, pulled
out of the quarterfinals at Metz last
month with a right shoulder injury.
"It s amazing what some weeks off
and treatment can do, I feel fresh and
good now," said the 23rd-ranked
Kohlschreiber, who reached his tenth
quarterfinal of the season. "It was a
tough match but I knew my shoulder
would hold up well. My goal is to fin-
ish the season inside the top 20."
Kohlschreiber will next play either
fellow German Benjamin Becker or
last year s finalist Robin Haase of the
Ivo Karlovic of Croatia reached his
sixth quarterfinal of the year after
beating two-time former champion
Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 7-6 (1). (AP)
Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the
quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open
by defeating Russia s Teymuraz
Gabashvili 7-5, 7-6 (4) yesterday.
The Bulgarian, who had a bye into
the second round, was put under pres-
sure in both sets but needed just one
match point to seal his tie-breaker vic-
tory. Spain s Fernando Verdasco beat
Jarko Nieminen of Finland 6-3, 6-4
to set up a quarterfinal match against
Bernard Tomic. The Australian beat
third-seeded Kevin Anderson of South
Africa 7-6 (4), 6-4.
In first-round matches, Jack Sock
of the United States defeated Andrey
Golubev of Kazakhstan in three sets
and France s Pierre-Hugues Herbert
beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.
German qualifier Dustin Brown beat
Christian Lindell of Sweden 6-4, 7-
6 (3) in the late match to reach the
second round. (AP)
No 2 Cornet, No 3 Lisicki lose
Kohlschreiber, Karlovic reach quarterfinals
Dimitrov in Stockholm Open quarters
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