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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Myskina Reaches Kremlin Quarters

APYelena Dementieva returning to Jelena Kostanic at the Kremlin Cup on Thursday.
Russia's Anastasia Myskina breezed past Magui Serna of Spain 6-3, 6-1 Thursday to move to the quarterfinals of the $2.3 million Kremlin Cup.

Fourth-seeded Myskina, inspired by her recent upsets of Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne en route to the Sparkassen Cup last weekend, had little trouble against Serna. She needed two breaks to win the first set and jumped to a 5-0 lead in the second one to seal the victory in 54 minutes.

"I have a very good draw and a very good chance to reach the final here," said Myskina, who faces Eleni Daniilidou of Greece in the quarterfinals Friday.

Myskina, the world No. 10, is looking for her fourth title this year. She reached the semifinals here in 2001, losing to her countrywoman and Fed Cup teammate Yelena Dementieva.

Third-seeded Dementieva, currently world No. 8, also gained a quarterfinal spot Thursday, eliminating qualifier Jelena Kostanic of Croatia 6-2, 6-3.

In the men's action, the United States' Taylor Dent outlasted Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Dent, fresh from beating world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain to capture the inaugural Thailand Open on Sunday, has extended his winning streak to seven matches. On Tuesday he marked his Kremlin Cup debut with upset of third-seeded Felix Mantilla of Spain in straight sets in just 46 minutes.

Dent opened strongly and broke the Belgian in the seventh game to go up 5-3 in the first set. He fired eight aces and had five service winners to win the set.

But in the second set, Rochus put his feet back on the ground and found the way to challenge Dent's game.

He trapped the American with passing cross-court shots to break him in the second game and jump to a commanding 5-2 lead in the set. A backhand down the line the eighth game earned him two break points. Dent double faulted, forcing the third set.

Dent broke Rochus in the third game of the decisive set to take an early lead and never looked back, closing his next two service games at love and firing three more aces.

Sargis Sargsian of Armenia upset eight-seeded Russian veteran and five-time champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

"Obviously, he is a tough guy to beat on any occasion. He's clearly not playing best tennis, but to beat him in front of the home crowd on this court where he's won so many times is something special, for sure," Sargsian said.

In the quarterfinals, he will face second-seeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina, who struggled past Georgia's Irakli Labadze 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Kafelnikov was Russia's second former world No. 1 from to fall in the tournament. On Wednesday, Russia's Marat Safin, playing in his first match since July, lost to Zimbabwe's Wayne Black 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4.