Nadia Petrova, Ekaterina Makarova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, all Russian, were taken out of the Kremlin Cup in the first round today. They were defeated, respectively, by Simona Halep, 5th seed Dominika Cibulkova and former Russian player Yaroslava Shvedova. Tokyo champion Petrova was the 6th seed; Cibulkova is the defending champion.
Cibulkova's next opponent will be Tsvetana Pironkova, who defeated Varvara Lepchenko 6-0, 7-6 in the first round. The top seed in Moscow is Sam Stosur, who had a bye in the opening round, and will play Alize Cornet in the second round.
In Luxembourg, wild card Kirsten Flipkens upset 5th seed Sabine Lisicki 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. The top seed in Luxembourg is Roberta Vinci, who advanced to the second round with a win over Olga Govortsova.