Gavrilova marches on in Moscow

A wrist injury killed off Carla Suarez Navarro’s hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals as the Spanish player retired while facing Australia’s Daria Gavrilova in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

Needing to win the tournament to qualify for the elite competition in Singapore this weekend, Suarez Navarro was down 6-4 3-0 to Gavrilova in the second round when she retired.

Gavrilova, who was born in Moscow, will play seventh-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter-finals, after she beat Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic 6-1 6-4.

Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova remains on course to claim the last WTA Finals place after she beat France’s Alize Cornet 6-4 7-5 in their second-round match.

The Russian was in strong form, landing 76 per cent of her first serves, and next plays Hungarian Timea Babos, seeded ninth.

Kuznetsova will qualify for the WTA Finals only if she wins the Kremlin Cup. Otherwise, the place goes to Britain’s Johanna Konta.

The fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine eased past Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-2 and into the quarterfinals. Svitolina next plays 18-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh, who had a second-round walkover when Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova was unable to play.

Another seeded player went out as Russian Elena Vesnina, seeded fifth, was beaten 7-5 6-0 by German Julia Goerges.

In the men’s event, seventh-seeded Paolo Lorenzi became the first seeded player to go out, losing to fellow Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5 4-6 6-1 in the second round.

Eighth-seeded Russian Andrei Kuznetsov was tested in his first-round match as he won 6-3 5-7 6-2 against Argentina’s Guido Pella.

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