Sam Stosur has received a welcome boost to her morale by defeating Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-1 to advance to a second round clash with France's Alize Cornet.
The 29-year-old looked comfortable throughout the straight sets victory and reflected fondly on a well-deserved victory against her high-quality opponent.
"I played really well today and Kaia was a really dangerous opponent," Stosur said.
"I really tried to start the match well, on top."
World number 32 Cornet surpassed an early struggle from Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina to complete a 7-5, 6-3.
Stosur, who was runner-up in the tournament last year, leads the head-to-head battles with her upcoming 23-year-old opponent by a single victory.
However if the Australian does topple Cornet, she will have to contend with two-time grand slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova before she can take home the trophy.
Having collected her second title of the season at the Japan Open before touching down in Moscow, the seventh seed Australian will be hoping to go all the way this time around in a bid to impress on home soil at the 2014 Australian Open in January.
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