Budapast GP: Kremer beats Kirilenko

Updated: 26 April 2007 17:27 IST

Anne Kremer of Luxembourg upset third-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4 in a first round match at the Gaz de France Budapest Grand Prix.

Budapest:

Anne Kremer of Luxembourg upset third-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4 in a first round match at the Gaz de France Budapest Grand Prix.

Kremer, ranked 100th in the world, opened the first set by winning three games in a row before Kirilenko responded with three straight games of her own.

But the Russian, ranked 38th, seemed to lose her concentration and Kremer won three more games to take the first set.

The second set was balanced until 4-4 when Kremer broke Kirilenko's serve and kept her own to win the match her first victory over Kirilenko.

Top-seeded Tathiana Garbin of Italy struggled in her first round match against Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives, who won the first set 6-3 and came within a point of getting to 5-5 in the second.

Garbin, however, won the set 6-4 to stay in the match.

Rain interrupted play after just one point in the third set. While the court was declared fit for play after an hour-long delay, the two players decided to continue their match on Wednesday.

In other results, Sorana Cirstea of Romania beat Hungary's Kyra Nagy 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3; Ukraine's Olga Savchuk defeated Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-3; and Kristina Barrois of Germany beat Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (5).

Other winners included Croatia's Karolina Sprem, Martina Sucha of Slovakia and Slovenian Andreja Klepac.

Topics : Tennis Anne Kremer Maria Kirilenko
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