Sousa ousted at Kremlin Cup
Sergiy Stakhovsky (Getty Images)
Moscow - Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky has produced the biggest upset on Monday on
the first day of the ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup, ousting Portuguese seventh
seed Joao Sousa in straight sets.
The 27-year-old Ukrainian --
who gained his biggest ever scalp at Wimbledon this year when he beat
Roger Federer for his first ever win over a player ranked in the top 10
-- beat 24-year-old Sousa 6-4, 6-3 in one hour 17 minutes.
ranked 50th in the world in comparison to his opponent's 98th, started
the tie confidently, taking a 4-1 lead with a break in the fourth game.
Stakhovsky, who won the last of his four ATP titles in 2010, was
unfazed and stormed back to break Sousa twice and rattle off five
consecutive games to win the first set in 37 minutes.
second Stakhovsky underlined his supremacy when he broke Sousa, who in
September became the first player from Portugal to win an ATP title when
he won the Malaysian Open, twice again in the second set to clinch the
"I was a bit nervous to start with and experienced problems at the beginning," Stakhovsky said.
"But later in the first set I managed to regain ny concentration and dominated the rest of the match."
In the next round he will face French journeyman Edouard Roger-Vasselin who beat Czech rival Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3.
29-year-old Roger-Vasselin looked more focused from the start breaking
his rival's serve twice to take the first set in 32 minutes.
They traded breaks throughout the second set as it went to a tie-break which 20-year-old Vesely won to tie the match.
Roger-Vasselin came up with the decisive break in the eighth game of the third set and won the match in 2 hours 16 minutes.
women's tournament saw France's 26th world ranked Alize Cornet, who is
seeking her fourth title, beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 7-5, 6-3 in one
hour 42 minutes.
Cornet booked a date with either seventh seed
Samantha Stosur of Australia or Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in the clash for a
place in the quarter-finals.
Local favourite and two-time Grand
Slam title winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded eighth, advanced into the
second round on the back of a 7-5, 6-2 victory over another Ukrainian
Results from the first day of the ATP/WTA Kremlin Cup on Monday (x denotes seeding):
Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) bt Joao Sousa (POR x7) 6-4, 6-3
Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt Albert Ramos (ESP) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
Horacio Zeballos (ARG x6) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) bt Jir Vesel (CZE) 6-3, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) bt Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-4
Alize Cornet (FRA) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR) 7-5, 6-3
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) bt Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) 7-5, 6-2
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-0, 6-3