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Andreev slips past injured Lu Yen-hsun

KREMLIN OPEN Igor Andreev advanced when Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun retired with an ankle injury, while Amelie Mauresmo rallied to beat French compatriot Alize Cornet

AGENCIES , MOSCOW

Amelie Mauresmo of France reacts during her match against, Alize Cornet, also of France, at the Kremlin Cup women’s tennis tournament in Moscow on Monday. 

PHOTO: AFP

Russia’s Igor Andreev cruised comfortably into the second round of the US$2.4 million ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup on Monday, beating Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳).

The 25-year-old second seed won the opening set 6-2 in his first ever meeting with Lu, but his opponent retired at that point with a right ankle injury.

The 35-year-old veteran Fabrice Santoro of France, 65th in the ATP rankings, had to battle from a set down to beat Yury Schukin of Kazakhstan, who is 187th in the world, 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 to get his second-round berth.

Another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, battled into the second round past Italy’s Potito Starace also performing a comeback to gain a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win in the two men’s first ever meeting in one hour, 44 minutes.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Devilder of France crashed out of the tournament, suffering an opening-round 6-2, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in one hour, 24 minutes.

In the WTA section of the event, veteran Amelie Mauresmo of France, 25th in the world, battled back from a set down to see off her compatriot Alize Cornet 6-7 (3/7) 6-3, 6-4 for a third win in as many meetings.

The Frenchwomen decided the opening set in a tiebreak after both kept their serves through.

Cornet was more precise to win 7-3 for a one-set lead after 63 minutes.

In the second, Cornet, who is 19th in the WTA rankings, broke in the fifth game but Mauresmo moved up a gear and broke back twice to level at one set all after one hour, 39 minutes on court.

In the deciding set, the 25-year-old Geneva resident Mauresmo produced two more breaks to take the set and the match in two hours 39 minutes, while her 18-year-old opponent managed to reply with a break only once.

“It’s always difficult and not very comfortable to play another French woman,” Mauresmo said. “Yes, it was tight, but we showed some good things, sometimes a little bit ups and downs, but overall a pretty good match.”

In the second round Mauresmo will face second-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia.

“Dinara obviously has a strong seat,” Mauresmo said. “I will be definitely the underdog there for the next match.”

In Monday’s other matches, Russia’s Vera Dushevina defeated Nicole Vaidisova of Czech Republic 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, while Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova beat Marion Bartoli of France 6-1, 4-1 retired.

US Open champion Serena Williams, last year’s runner-up in Moscow, pulled out because of an ankle injury.

■AUSTRIAN OPEN

AFP, VIENNA

Former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero upset fourth-seeded Croat Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) on Monday to advance to the second round of the Austrian Open.

Although Karlovic added a further 17 aces to the 848 he had already fired this season, the rest of his game could not match the standard shown by his Spanish ­opponent. Ferrero also served so well that Karlovic failed to make many of his returns, he struck some fine groundstrokes, and hit several winners off of the intimidating Karlovic serve.

A break for 2-1 when Ferrero hit an impressive forehand winner down the line while on the run was enough to decide the opening set, although the Spaniard had to fight off a break point to hold for 4-2 and another as he served for the set.

After Karlovic survived two break points to hold for 1-0 in the second set games went with serve until the tiebreak, won with a mini-break on the first point.

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