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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Marat's Kid Sister Safina Displays Family Mettle

APDinara Safina making a return during her match with Slovakia's Martina Sucha on Monday.
ESTORIL, Lisbon -- Marat Safin's 15-year-old sister, Dinara Safina, showed some of her older brother's determination Monday by ousting third-seeded Slovakian Martina Sucha 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round of the Estoril Open.

The teenage wild card put in a gutsy performance as Sucha wilted on the red clay at Estadio Nacional.

Safina finished in the top 20 in the world junior rankings last year and was the runner-up in the girls' doubles at the 2001 French Open.

Marat, fresh from leading Russia into the Davis Cup semifinals at the weekend, had a rest day. He faces a qualifier Tuesday in the men's draw.

In the men's field on Monday, former champion Carlos Moya began his quest for a second Estoril Open title after defeating Argentina's Franco Squillari 7-5, 6-4 in the first round.

The third seed, who won the title in 2000 after defeating Francisco Clavet in the final, is seeking his second clay-court trophy of the year following his victory in Acapulco in February.

Also through to the second round is Moya's fellow countryman Albert Montanes. The 21-year-old Barcelona resident defeated Portuguese Nuno Matias 6-1, 6-2.

Argentine David Nalbandian continued to show why he is dangerous on clay as he defeated Clavet in straight sets, while Dominik Hrbaty, a finalist at the 2002 Monte Carlo Masters, beat Britain's Martin Lee.

Other upsets in the women's draw saw Slovenian Tina Pisnik overcome fifth-seeded Martina Muller of Germany 6-0, 4-6, 6-4, and Russian Yelena Bovina beat eighth-seeded Greek Eleni Daniilidou 6-4 7-6.

Bovina was last year's Estoril runner-up to Spaniard Angeles Montolio, this week's top seed and winner of last week's title in Porto, Portugal.