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The second set saw Almagro broken early to trail 2-1 but he levelled the set at 4-4 with a break back.
After being broken at the start of the second set she produced a succession of powerful groundstrokes to eventually break back and level at 4-4.
Britain's Rusedski lost 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 but had his chances by breaking the Slovakian's serve in both sets, only for Kucera to break back.
From then on, it was the pint-sized Japanese star as she broke one more time in the eighth game and then saw her Spanish opponent save seven match-points to break back for 4-5.
The affronted Scot forced an immediate break back, however, to level at 2-2.
He broke Soderling's serve in the first game and again in the third, only for the Swede to break back himself then save a break point in the next game.