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Jankovic through in Kremlin Cup

DEFENDING champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup yesterday by beating Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

In the men's tournament, Wayne Odesnik of the United States rallied to upset second-seeded Victor Hanescu of Romania 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.

The second-seeded Jankovic took the first set after Shvedova netted twice to give her the 10th game. Shvedova, who eliminated Jankovic in the second round of the US Open in September, had an early break in the second before the Serb leveled at 4-4, capitalizing on her opponent's sloppy play.

But Shvedova broke again for a 6-5 lead before serving home the set.

Jankovic then dominated the decider, winning five consecutive games to secure the win.

In the second round, Jankovic will face Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.

The 98th-ranked Odesnik saved a match point in the 10th game of the second set, and then broke Hanescu in the fifth game of the third set.

"There were a lot of changes in the match," Odesnik said. "I was up a break twice in the first set but I kept fighting even if I lost it. I was mentally strong today and stayed with him the whole match."

The 27th-ranked Hanescu, who lost to Robin Soderling in the first round of the Shanghai Masters last week, said he had problems with the court.

"The surface is slower than last week and I struggled adjusting to it," Hanescu said. "I don't have so much confidence at the moment, I lost first round to top players in the last couple of weeks."

French veteran Fabrice Santoro, seeded seventh, rallied to beat Wimbledon junior champion Andrey Kuznetsov 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

On Monday, third seed Mikhail Youzhny eased into the second round with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Argentina's Horacio Zeballos.

Youzhny, who reached the final of the Japan Open earlier this month, will face Potito Starace for a place in the last eight after the Italian eliminated Russian Evgeny Donskoy 6-3 6-3.


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