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Radwanska falls in Moscow

THIRD seed Agnieszka Radwanska was dumped out of the Kremlin Cup in the first round by Russia's Maria Kirilenko yesterday, effectively ending her hopes of qualifying for the season-ending tournament in Doha, Qatar.

Poland's Radwanska was battling with Russian Vera Zvonareva and Jelena Jankovic of Serbia for the last remaining spot in next week's US$4.55 million extravaganza, but saw her chances disappear following a 3-6, 3-6 defeat by her former doubles partner.

"It was a tough match today, I was feeling a bit tired and exhausted," said world No. 10 Radwanska.

"I was trying because I was still in with a chance for Doha, but the surface is so slow here."

Kirilenko, who had lost in the first round in all her four previous appearances in Moscow, was delighted.

"To beat a seeded player in your first match is a great way to start a tournament. I've played her three times now and I won twice so I knew what to expect from her," said the world No. 61, who also beat Radwanska in the second round of the US Open last month.

Italy's fourth seed Flavia Pennetta followed Radwanska out of the Russian capital when she retired with a knee injury midway through the second set of her first-round match against Hungary's Agnes Szavay.

Russia's sixth seed Elena Vesnina was also upset, going down to 127th-ranked compatriot Evgeniya Rodina 1-6, 6-3, 2-6.

Last year's surprise men's champion Igor Kunitsyn was also knocked out, losing to fellow Russian Evgeny Korolev 6-7 (6), 3-6.

Uruguay's fifth seed Pablo Cuevas became the first player to reach the quarterfinals when he prevailed over Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Third seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia joined Cuevas in the last eight after thrashing Italian Potito Starace 6-1, 6-1. But France's seventh seed Fabrice Santoro was upset by Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 5-7, 1-6.

In Luxembourg, Kim Clijsters won her first match since taking the US Open title last month, beating Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Luxembourg Open.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who fell to Clijsters in the final at Flushing Meadows, retired when leading Anne Kremer of Luxembourg 7-5, 5-0. She received treatment from a medical official on her left leg and back.


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