Dominika Cibulkova overcomes Ekaterina Makarova at the Kremlin Cup

Last Updated: 17/10/12 7:06am

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Dominika Cibulkova: Recovered from losing the first set against Ekaterina Makarova

Dominika Cibulkova: Recovered from losing the first set against Ekaterina Makarova

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Defending champion Dominika Cibulkova bounced back from a slow start to progress to the second round of the Kremlin Cup.

Cibulkova dropped the first set against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova but she held her nerve to triumph 2-6 6-4 6-2.

In a late-night epic, Simona Halep shocked sixth-seeded Nadia Petrova 3-6 7-5 7-5 - the match taking three hours and eight minutes and finishing after midnight local time.

Serbian qualifier Vesna Dolonc reached the next round with a 1-6 6-1 6-4 victory over Galina Voskoboeva, while Yaroslava Shvedova, Tsvetana Pironkova and Alize Cornet recorded straight-set wins.

Shvedova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-2, Pironkova toppled Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 7-6 (7-3) and Cornet brushed aside Anastasia Rodionova 6-4 6-3.

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