MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti)
Klara Zakopalova booked her place in the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Monday after beating Romania's Alexandra Cadantu in straight sets.
Zakopalova's 6-3, 6-3 win over a player ranked 55 places below her No. 30 rating sets up an all-Czech second round match with Lucie Safarova, who earlier knocked out Russian youngster Margarita Gasparyan.
Earlier, Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson beat Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-4 and will now play second seed Marion Bartoli, who received a first-round bye.
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.