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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Van Roost Defeats Schnyder To Advance in Kremlin Cup




Dominique van Roost of Belgium defeated Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 7-5, 6-2 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Kremlin Cup.


After trading serves early in the first set, both players held until the eleventh game, when Schnyder came back from love-40 on her serve only to send a forehand into the net on van Roost's advantage. She then saved two set points in the next game to make it 30-40, but the Belgian No. 5 seed fired a forehand down the line to close the set.


The 26-year-old van Roost, ranked No. 12 in the world, had little trouble in the second set, breaking Schnyder in the first and fifth games and wrapping up the set.


"It was a good victory for me today. We played four times and I had never won before. I played very solid, that's why I won,'' van Roost said.


In other early action Tuesday at Olimpiisky Sports Complex, 18-year-old Russian qualifier Anastasia Myskina ousted American Chandra Rubin in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.


Myskina won the WTA Tour clay-court tournament in Palermo, Italy, in July to get her first career title. She has jumped up 204 points since the beginning of the year to her current position of No. 92 in the world rankings.


In other early matches, another Russian teenager, 15-year-old wild-card Lena Krasnoroutskaya, overpowered Romanian Silvija Talaja 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 as both players marked their debut in the $1,050,000 tournament.


"I realized my victory only in the locker room. It's my first major event, but my dream is to win all Grand Slams,'' this year's U.S. Open junior champion said after the match. She will face van Roost in the second round.


The winner of the annual tournament, which is in its 10th year, will win $150,000.