MOSCOW, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova dropped just three games Monday in taking a first-round win at the WTA's Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow.
Pavlyuchenkova raced past Carolina Garcia 6-0, 6-3. She took 58 percent of the points off Garcia's serve and had three breaks in each set. Pavlyuchenkova controlled the first set by limiting Garcia to three points on serve and winning all but seven points when serving.
No. 8-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova rolled to a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Lesia Tsurenko. Kuznetsova also had three breaks in each set as she won 54 percent of the points when Tsurenko served.
Russian wild-card entrant Alisa Kleybanova battled Varvara Lepchenko for 3 hours, 11 minutes before emerging with a 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-4 win. Both players had three breaks in the first set but Kleybanova had a total of five more in the next two sets.
Also Monday, Alize Cornet defeated Elina Svitolina 7-5, 6-3 with a total of five breaks.