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Petrova, Youzhny advance in Moscow

MOSCOW -- Fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia easily advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup, beating teenager Yana Buchina 6-2, 6-0 on Monday.

In the men's first round, third-seeded Mikhail Youzhny, also of Russia, defeated Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 6-1, 7-6 (5).

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 WTA Tour event courtesy of a wild card. Petrova, runner-up in 2006, broke Buchina twice in the first set and closed out the match in just 48 minutes.

"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 WTA Championships in Doha and so have opted to skip Moscow.

Defending champion Jelena Jankovic, runner-up Vera Zvonareva and Agnieszka Radwanska lead the women's draw and will compete for the remaining spot in Doha.

Seventh-ranked Nikolay Davydenko, fresh from winning the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, tops the men's draw. He is scheduled to face Marat Safin in the first round Wednesday.