On the women's side, top-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia ousted
Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania 6-2, 6-2, and defending champion
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia stopped Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan
6-4, 5-7, 6-1.
"It's my first tournament indoors and on a different surface,"
said Zvonareva, the runner-up last year. "Olaru is young but a
very tough opponent, and I think, my experience helped me to win
The 98th-ranked Odesnik saved a match point in the 10th game of
the second set. He then broke Hanescu in the fifth game of the
"I was mentally strong today and stayed with him the whole
match," Odesnik said.
Hanescu, who is ranked 27th and lost to Robin Soderling in the
first round of the Shanghai Masters last week, had problems with
the indoor hard court at Olympic Stadium.
"The surface is slower than last week and I struggled adjusting
to it," Hanescu said. "I don't have so much confidence at the
Jankovic, seeded second, won five consecutive games in the third
set. Shvedova eliminated Jankovic in the second round of the U.S.
Open in September.
"I went out there knowing what she does -- she serves well and
she hits some balls well," Jankovic said. "It took me some time
to get into the match and get used to the balls and the court. And
I'm just happy I was able to win the match."
In the second round, Jankovic will face Lucie Safarova of the
Czech Republic, and Zvonareva will play qualifier Tsvetana
Pironkova of Bulgaria.
Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic, seeded sixth, defeated Austria's
Daniel Koellerer 6-4, 6-3. France's Fabrice Santoro, seeded
seventh, rallied past beat Wimbledon junior champion Andrey
Kuznetsov 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The 20th edition of the dual ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup has a
weakened women's draw. Seven of the world's top players qualified
for next week's season-ending WTA Championships in Doha and skipped
the Moscow tournament.
Jankovic, Zvonareva and Agnieszka Radwanska lead the women's
draw and will compete for the remaining spot in Doha. Nikolay
Davydenko, fresh from winning in Shanghai, tops the men's draw and
faces Marat Safin in the first round Wednesday.