Kukushkin goes to 2nd round of President's Cup

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ASTANA. July 23. KAZINFORM - Mikhail Kukushkin has won his first match in singles at the President's Cup in Astana, Vesti.kz informs.

The tournament's sixth racket overcame the opposition of Adrian Sikora from Slovakia - 7:5, 7:6 (7:2). In the next round M.Kukushkin will play with Dane Propodzhia (Australia), who has played over Alexei Nesterov (Kazakhstan) in two sets - 6:3, 6:1.

Earlier, Dudi Sela (Israel) in two sets beat Denis Yevseyev (Kazakhstan) - 6:1, 6:2. Mikhail Ledovskikh (Russia), the winner of 2007 tournament, refused to fight in the third set match with the Belarusian athlete Dmitry Zhirmont.

Maria Joao Koehler from Portugal has won the women's tournament. In the match of first round the European athlete beat Nudnidu Luan from Thailand - 6:1, 6:2.

NOTE: The tournament prize is USD 225 thousand. Andrei Golubev and Mikhail Kukushkin start up winning in the doubles. Ksenia Pervak, a member of the women's tennis team, has also achieved the victory.

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