Radwanska loss hands Bartoli chance

Wed, 19 Oct 20:36:00 2011

Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska crashed out of the WTA Moscow event in the second round and put her presence at the year-end WTA Championship in doubt.

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Radwanska lost 6-4 4-6 6-4 to Lucie Safarova in the Russian capital, meaning that Marion Bartoli can now qualify for the season-ending tournament in Istanbul at Radwanska's expense if she wins the tournament.

The Frenchwoman takes on Ksenia Pervak in the second round on Thursday.

Elsewhere, defending champion and top seed Vera Zvonareva moved safely into the third round.

Zvonareva lost just 10 points on serve on her way to an easy 6-1 6-1 victory over Serbian teenager Bojana Jovanovski in exactly one hour.

"It's never easy to play the first match of a tournament, but I think I played a very clean match," Zvonareva said.

"It's a great atmosphere here. It's rare I get a chance to play in front of my Russian fans, so it's exciting."

Defending champion and top seed Vera Zvonareva moved safely into the third round of the WTA Moscow event.

Zvonareva lost just 10 points on serve on her way to an easy 6-1 6-1 victory over Serbian teenager Bojana Jovanovski in exactly one hour.

"It's never easy to play the first match of a tournament, but I think I played a very clean match," Zvonareva said.

"It's a great atmosphere here. It's rare I get a chance to play in front of my Russian fans, so it's exciting."

Fourth seed Francesca Schiavone was on the wrong side of an epic clash against Kaia Kanepi though as she lost 6-4 5-7 7-6 (7) to the Estonian.

Kanepi fought back from 1-5 down in the deciding tie-break before wrapping up the victory.

"I saw the score in the tie-break but I realised I had been down before, so I just kept fighting and wanted to see what would happen," said Kanepi.

Vera Dushevina also moved into the quarters with a 6-2 7-6 (3) victory over Nadia Petrova in an all-Russian contest.

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