MOSCOW (AP) -- Top-seeded Elina Svitolina lost her opening match at the Kremlin Cup on Thursday after having been a break up in the deciding set.
Veronika Kudermetova beat the fourth-ranked Svitolina, who had a first-round bye, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 in their second-round match to set up a quarterfinal with either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Also Thursday, second-seeded Kiki Bertens continued her push to reach the season-ending WTA Finals by beating Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Next up for Bertens is Kristina Mladenovic, who won 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 over Anastasija Sevastova despite being ranked 21 places lower at 45th.
In the men's draw, third-seeded Marin Cilic beat Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 7-6 (5) in a second-round match between two veteran Croatians.
Sixth-seeded Andrei Rublev won a tight match 7-6 (3), 6-7 (6), 6-2 over qualifier Egor Gerasimov, while eighth-seeded Miomir Kecmanovic was eliminated 6-3, 6-4 by Jeremy Chardy.
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