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Chakvetadze In Charge

Anna Chakvetadze rallied to beat Nadia Petrova in the first round of the Pilot Pen Tennis.

Published August 23, 2009 11:59

Chakvetadze In Charge
Anna Chakvetadze

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - The first round of the Pilot Pen Tennis presented by Schick kicked off on Sunday with three close matches, with the first upset of the tournament among those results.

Anna Chakvetadze, who has been as high as No.5 in the world but now a lowly No.75 after somewhat of a slump over the last 12 months, pulled off a big comeback against No.4 seed Nadia Petrova, recovering from a 24-minute first set blowout to prevail, 06 76(4) 64. Petrova came out firing, winning the first seven games of the match and holding three points to lead 60 20, but Chakvetadze found her range against a player she has always been successful against, with this win improving to 5-0 lifetime against her countrywoman.

Also, Alona Bondarenko beat wildcard Meghann Shaughnessy, 46 63 75, and Sybille Bammer beat Anabel Medina Garrigues, 75 64.

Roberta Vinci, Magdalena Rybarikova, Yanina Wickmayer and Ioana Raluca Olaru all secured main draw berths with wins in the final round of qualifying.

Three more seeds - No.1 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No.8 seed Amélie Mauresmo - play their first round matches on Monday at the $600,000, Premier-level event.

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