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Kremlin Cup 2004

Kremlin Cup Tennis Tournament Gets Under Way in Moscow

Created: 11.10.2004 16:13 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 16:50 MSK document.write(get_ago(1097499042)); , 16 minutes ago



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The 15th Kremlin Cup international tennis tournament got under way in Moscow on Monday, Russian news agencies report.

The tournament officially started on Oct. 9, but over the weekend players took part in qualification games. Their results show that several Russian female players, who were not ceded, will continue into the main event. 19-year-old Galina Voskoboyeva beat Slovak Martina Sucha in three sets on Sunday, Anna Chakvetadze had a surprisingly easy victory over Spanish Medina Garrigues in two sets and Yekaterina Makarova defeated Polish player Marta Domachowska also in two sets.

Russia’s male players are relatively modestly represented in this year’s Kremlin Cup. On Monday veteran player Andrei Cherkasov is expected to play with Swiss Mark Rosse. The winner will continue into the main part of the Kremlin Cup.

Other important games are Russia’s Teimuraz Gabashvili against Armenia’s Sargis Sargsian, Vera Dushevina of Russia against Bulgaria’s Magdalena Maleeva, while Russia’s Marat Safin faces Belarus’ Maxim Mirny.

The tournament will end on Oct. 17. The head of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpischev, has said that the Kremlin Cup has already received recognition among the world’s leading players and the ATP and WTA federations. Tarpischev noted that according to polls conducted among players, the Kremlin Cup has repeatedly been described as the best organized competition.

Among the leading World players who will take part in this year’s Kremlin Cup are Amelie Mauresmo from France, Lindsay Davenport and Venus Williams from the U.S.A., and leading Russian players Anastasiya Myskina, Yelena Dementyeva, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, Nadezhda Petrova and Elena Bovina.

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WILLIAMS THROUGH TO SECOND ROUND



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Former world number one Venus Williams comfortably overcame Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova in straight sets in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Williams, who was playing her first match since her fourth-round defeat to fellow American Lindsay Davenport in the US Open last month, claimed a 6-4 6-4 victory in 74 minutes at the Olympic Stadium to book a second-round date with Russian wildcard Vera Douchevina.

After struggling to break down her gutsy opponent early on, Williams finally broke Jidkova's serve to lead 5-4 in the first set, and Williams showed all of her experience to close out the set on her own serve.

It looked like the American would overwhelm her opponent when she broke Jidkova early on in the second set.

However, Williams looked a little tight as she tried to put her defeat to Davenport behind her, and a wayward forehand put Jidkova back on terms at 4-4.

Williams, though, broke straight back and with the Russian never looking like battling back to take it to a final set, the number seven seed cruised through her final service game to secure the win.

Meanwhile three Russian stars are safely through to the second round of the tournament.

Elena Dementieva, who was runner-up at the US and French Opens, gave her fans something to shout about by breezing to a 6-2 6-3 win over Patty Schnyder from Switzerland.

The fifth seed, playing in her home city of Moscow, broke her opponent's serve four times en route to the win.

Dementieva's rival Vera Zvonareva easily disposed of France's Nathalie Dechy 6-0 6-2.

Meanwhile Nadia Petrova also posted a straight-sets win, but had to work hard for her 7-5 6-4 triumph over Paola Suarez of Argentina.

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Venus Williams advances at Kremlin Cup
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MOSCOW (AP) - Venus Williams defeated Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday in her first match since losing in the fourth round at last month's U.S. Open.

Williams, beaten by fellow American Lindsay Davenport at the U.S. Open, served five aces and doubled-faulted six times against the 27-year-old Russian. "She played really well today, but my biggest challenge was myself," the seventh-seeded Williams said. "I was a bit rusty after several weeks off."

Fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva was one of four Russian players ranked in the top 20 who advanced. She beat Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3. Sixth-seeded Vera Zvonareva defeated Nathalie Dechy of France 6-0, 6-2; eighth-seeded Nadia Petrova topped Paola Suares of Argentina 7-5, 6-4; and unseeded Elena Bovina defeated Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-3.

In men's action, third-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia beat Thomas Johansson of Sweden 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, and fifth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia defeated Marc Rosset of Switzerland 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

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Russian Seeds, Venus Through at WTA Moscow


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All four seeds in action eased through without dropping a set Tuesday at the WTA stop in Moscow, with Russian winners (5) Elena Dementieva (d. Patty "Handshake" Schnyder), (6) Vera "The Crying Game" Zvonareva (d. Dechy) and (8) Nadia Petrova (d. Suarez) advancing, joined by American (7) Venus Williams (d. Jidkova).

"I had some real challenging moments, she played really well, but the biggest challenge was myself," said Venus after the 6-4, 6-4 win. "I was a bit rusty, it has been several weeks since the US Open."
Un-seeds into the second round were Karolina "The Spreminator" Sprem (d. Smashnova-Pistolesi), qualifiers taking out veterans in Michaela Pastikova (d. Sugiyama) and Sanda Mamic (d. Pierce), and Russians Elena "Lena" Bovina (d. Hantuchova) and Elena Likhovtseva (d. Fabiola "The Fabulous One" Zuluaga).

On court Wednesday are (8) Petrova vs. Schiavone, (4) Kuznetsova vs. (Q) Pastikova, (6) The Crying Game vs. The Spreminator, (Q) Chakvetadze vs. (WC) Dinara "Little Sis" Safina in an all-Russian, and (LL) Schaul vs. Bovina.

WTA Tashkent Update: Due to the WTA Tour's misguided policy of running Tier IV and V events during the same week as their top-level Tier I events, thereby confusing fans and media, Tennis-X is boycotting the results this week from the Tier IV Tashkent event while the Tier I Moscow event is being contested. Like the ATP, who run their Masters Series events uncontested, we hope the WTA will eventually make a calendar change to highlight their top-level events. We apologize for any inconvenience. Results from Tashkent can be found at www.wtatour.com.

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Venus Williams Upset in Kremlin Cup


Venus Williams Upset in Kremlin Cup

Venus Williams of the U.S. returns a shot during a match against Elena Bovina of Russia at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow's Olympic Indoor stadium on Friday, Oct. 15, 2004. Unseeded Elena Bovina of Russia upset error-prone seventh-seeded American Venus Williams in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 early Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Kremlin Cup. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)


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MOSCOW Oct. 15, 2004
— Venus Williams was upset by unseeded Elena Bovina 6-3, 6-2, in a Kremlin Cup quarterfinal Friday.

Williams, playing her first tournament since losing to Lindsay Davenport in the third round of the U.S. Open, had 10 double faults and committed 29 unforced errors. The 19-year-old Russian advanced to a tournament semifinal for the third time this season. She won the Pilot Pen in August.

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Bovina takes down Venus in Kremlin Cup quarter


Oct. 15, 2004
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MOSCOW -- Venus Williams was upset by unseeded Elena Bovina 6-3, 6-2, in a Kremlin Cup quarterfinal Friday that lasted little more than an hour.

Williams, playing her first tournament since losing to Lindsay Davenport in the third round of the U.S. Open, had 10 double faults and committed 29 unforced errors.

"No loss is a lot of fun," Williams said. "My serve wasn't there the way I wanted it to be today."

Williams broke Bovina in the first game of the second set, but the Russian capitalized on a string of unforced errors to make it 2-2 in the fourth game, when the American double-faulted on a deuce.

Bovina then won four consecutive games to end the match in 61 minutes.

"I wouldn't say it was easy," Bovina said. "I opened well and my task was not to allow her to get into her game. I did it."

The 19-year-old Russian advanced to a tournament semifinal for the third time this season. She won the Pilot Pen in August.

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