Ivanovic loses to Cibulkova in Kremlin Cup

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia staved off two match points to upset recent No 1 Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Kremlin Cup.

updated: October 09, 2008 08:04 IST
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Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia staved off two match points to upset recent No 1 Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Kremlin Cup.

Another former top-ranked player, Amelie Mauresmo, lost to the in-form Dinara Safina, who has reached her seventh straight quarterfinals. Defending champion Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced.

However, on the men's side, second-seeded Igor Andreev and third-seeded Mikhail Youzhny were ousted in three-setters.

Ivanovic failed to convert two match points in the 10th game of the deciding set in her first meeting with Cibulkova on Wednesday.

Serving for the match at 6-5, Cibulkova was broken at love by the fifth-ranked Ivanovic. The 20th-ranked Slovak went 6-4 ahead in the tiebreaker and won on her first match point when Ivanovic returned wide.

"I had a bad first set because I was playing too defensively. I got more aggressive, I began to serve better and return better. I knew I had to play more aggressively in the tiebreaker which I did and I'm happy to beat a player of that ranking," Cibulkova said.

Ivanovic won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open in June and climbed to No 1. But since then the sometime-injured star has lost six of 11 matches and hasn't won two in a row since early June at Wimbledon.

"I created my chances, I served well and I had match points," Ivanovic said. "Obviously I'm disappointed."

Meanwhile, Safina, who lost to Ivanovic in the Roland Garros final, notched another win in her breakthrough season, which includes four titles, runner-up at the Olympics and a career-high No 3 ranking. She beat Mauresmo 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4.

She served for the first set at 5-4 but was broken by Mauresmo and lost it in a tiebreaker. Both players were erratic in the second set, trading serves three times before the Russian leveled the set score and had an early break in the third set. Mauresmo broke back for 4-5 but double-faulted to go 15-40 and Safina nailed her first match point.

In the quarterfinals, Safina will meet fellow Russian Kuznetsova, who defeated Italian qualifier Sara Errani 7-6 (0), 6-1.

Dementieva beat Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2) and will meet either Russian countrywoman Nadia Petrova or Danish teenager Caroline Wozniacki, who eliminated eighth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze of Russia 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Srebotnik beat Dementieva last week in straight sets in Tokyo, but this time the Russian finished off Srebotnik in their tiebreaker with five straight points and two aces.

Andreev, the 2005 men's champion, served for his match at 6-3, 5-3 but could not put in a single first serve and was broken to love by Jeremy Chardy of France, who went on to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Another Russian, Youzhny, fell to countryman Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (1).

In other first-round matches, fourth-seeded Paul-Henri Mathieu defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, 6-3, 6-2, Mischa Zverev beat Denis Gremelmayr 6-3, 7-6 (7) in an all-German matchup, and Igor Kunitsyn of Russia ousted Kazakh lucky loser Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

Kukushkin replaced fifth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov, who pulled out with a right shoulder injury sustained during practice on Tuesday.