MOSCOW -- Eighth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic advanced to the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Monday by beating Russian wild card Margarita Gasparyan 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Safarova won five consecutive games in the first set, then broke twice in the third before serving out the match at love. In the second round, Safarova will face fellow Czech Klara Zakopalova, who beat Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-3, 6-3.
In the men's first round, sixth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan rallied to beat German veteran Bjorn Phau 5-7, 7-5, 6-1. He will next face Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, who defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-6 (9), 7-6 (2).
Eighth-seeded Tatsumo Ito of Japan beat Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.