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Konta beats Mertens at Kremlin Cup

2018 China Open - Day 1

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 29: Johanna Konta of Britain returns a shot against Julia Goerges of Germany during their Women’s Qualie Singles 2nd Round match of the 2018 China Open at the China National Tennis Center on September 29, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

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MOSCOW -- Johanna Konta of Britain upset seventh-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday.

Making up a 30-place rankings gap to the 14th-ranked Mertens, Konta took full advantage of Mertens’ wayward serving to win 6-3, 7-5.

Konta next plays Australia’s Daria Gavrilova.

French players Kristina Mladenovic and Alize Cornet and Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva all won their first-round matches.

In the first round of the men’s draw, fifth-seeded Nick Kyrgios beat Russian Andrei Rublev 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov ousted sixth-seeded Damir Dzumhur - last year’s champion in Moscow - 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2. Another former champion, Andreas Seppi, beat eighth-seeded Martin Klizan 6-1, 7-6 (6).