Zvonareva to miss finale following Moscow upset

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Top seed Vera Zvonareva crashed out of the Kremlin Cup second round in Moscow 6-0, 6-2 to unseeded Bulgarian Tszvetana Pironkova yesterday.

Zvonareva, ranked seven in the world, had not met the 126th-ranked Bulgarian before and the defeat has left the Russian as first alternate for the end-of-season Race to Doha. Zvonareva went into the match ninth in the Race to Doha rankings but Jelena Jankovic claimed the final spot in the season-ending event next week, with the second-seeded Serbian winning 7-6, 6-3 against the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova in Moscow.

Janko Tipsarevic, the sixth seed, progressed in the men's singles after Belgium's Christophe Rochus retired with the Serbian leading 6-4, 2-1 in their second-round game.