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Makarova Aims to Break Kremlin Cup Curse

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Russian tennis star Ekaterina Makarova hopes to make an impact at this year's Kremlin Cup after years of underachieving at her home tournament.

Russian tennis star Ekaterina Makarova hopes to make an impact at this year's Kremlin Cup after years of underachieving at her home tournament.

The 29th-ranked player, a quarterfinalist at the Australian Open this year, has not been past round two in three attempts in Moscow.

"I really like this tournament, but I don't play too well at it," the 24-year-old Muscovite said in comments to the Kremlin Cup website.

"So I hope that this year I'll have a bit more luck and go further than the first round," she said. "It's always good to put in a decent performance at home."

Makarova is seeded 12 at this year's event, which starts October 15.

Australia's world No. 7 Sam Stosur heads the list of entrants. Sara Errani of Italy and Marion Bartoli of France make up the top three.

Maria Kirilenko is the top-seeded Russian at No. 4.