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Russia's premier tennis tournament, the Kremlin Cup, begins Monday
Sixty players, including some of the world's best, will arrive in the Russian capital for the tournament. And for the first time, two Russians players, last year's winner Nikolai Davydenko and world no.1 Mariya Sharapova, are the top seeds. Vera Dushevina and Yelena Likhovtseva, both unseeded, will open proceedings in the women's singles on the center court of Moscow's Olimpiisky Sports Complex at 3 p.m. (11 a.m. GMT), while Anna Chakvetadze will later face Switzerland's Patty Shnyder, who the tournament's fifth seed. In the evening, Igor Andreyev, the men's no.7 seed, will face unseeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. Wild card Yevgeny Kirilov will face fourth-seeded Belarusian Maxim Mirny. In the first round, Davydenko will play unseeded Italian Daniel Bracciali. Sharapova and fellow Russian Yelena Dementyeva, who is seeded fourth, have byes to the second round of the tournament, which has a prize pool of $1.3 million for the ladies and $1 million for the men. Russian players have a good record at the cup, with past winners including Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Anastasiya Myskina.
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