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"I had a very tough first-round match," Kuznetsova said. "Li Na beat many serious opponents this season and to win in two sets, I think, it's not a bad start to the tournament."
Kuznetsova, ranked No. 7, has lost all seven WTA finals this season.
Seventh-seeded Vera Zvonareva ousted Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-4 and Ekaterina Makarova beat Elena Vesnina 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) in all-Russian matches.
The women's field included seven of the top-10 players, along with No. 1 Jelena Jankovic. U.S. Open champion Serena Williams, last year's runner-up, pulled out because of an ankle injury.
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