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    Reigning champion Dominika Cibulkova came back from a set down Tuesday to defeat Ekaterina Makarova in the Kremlin Cup first round.

    Reigning champion Dominika Cibulkova came back from a set down Tuesday to defeat Ekaterina Makarova in the Kremlin Cup first round.
    The Slovak, seeded fifth for this year's event, recovered from a first-set lapse to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 and set up a second-round match with Bulgaria's Tvsetana Pironkova.
    "It's not the best surface, I would say, and it was not easy to get into the rhythm, so that's why I had many mishits in the first set," Cibulkova said.
    "Then I got into the rhythm. I was making more shots, running better."
    Cibulkova beat Kaia Kanepi of Finland to win last year's event.
    The 20th-ranked Makarova has got past the first round only once in six attempts at her home tournament.
    Earlier, Pironkova pulled off a surprise 6-0, 7-6 win against illness-hit U.S. No. 2 Varvara Lepchenko.
    Pironkova is ranked 23 places below Lepchenko at No. 44.

     

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