Two Russians who have struggled to return to their former tour glory struggled against each other today in the first round of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven today. After losing the first set at love to wild card and 4th seed Nadia Petrova, Anna Chakvetadze won the second set in a tiebreak, then went on to win the third set 6-4.
Chakvetadze's next opponent will be Sybille Bammer, who defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues in the first round today. The Spaniard has had a hard time of it lately, dealing with a knee injury and losing in early rounds.
7th seed Dominika Cibulkova has withdrawn from New Haven with a right rib injury. Replacing her in the draw is lucky loser Varvara Lepchenko.