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.
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.
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"The match was so short and she [Buchina] was so nervous that it wasn't going her way," said Petrova.
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.
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