Dementieva, Chakvetadze Rally For Wins in Berlin

Posted on May 9, 2007

BERLIN, Germany - Russian seeds Elena Dementieva and Anna Chakvetadze were both forced to come from a set down to win their first-round matches at the $1,340,000 Qatar Telecom German Open on Tuesday. Their matches were two of only 13 to complete, as the remaining 27 singles and doubles matches were suspended due to rain.

No.9 seed Anna Chakvetadze was pushed to the limit by Australian Samantha Stosur, who won the first set and forced Chakvetadze to win the next two in tiebreak sets. Chakvetadze, currently ranked No.11 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, eventually topped Stosur 36 76(1) 76(5). She will meet Lucie Safarova in the next round, a 63 67(6) 60 winner over Olga Savchuk.

Elena Dementieva, the tournament's No.10 seed, had an easier time in the subsequent sets after losing the first, defeating Mara Santangelo 46 61 64. Dementieva is competing in her second tournament since February, suffering from a rib injury during the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp.

No.12 seed Ana Ivanovic advanced with an easier time, dropping only three games to Laura Granville, 62 61. Ivanovic was able to enjoy a few weeks off, currently playing in her first Tour event since Charleston the middle of April.

Katarina Srebotnik, Berlin's No.16 seed, was the lone seed to fall on Tuesday. American Meilen Tu needed a 63 46 63 scoreline to record one of her career best victories defeating the World No.21. This is Tu's first Top 25 victory since 2002 Charleston when she defeated World No.23 Tatiana Panova.

The remaining 14 matches will conclude on Wednesday, which includes matches featuring No.11 seed Daniela Hantuchova, No.15 seed Patty Schnyder and the doubles pairing of Kuznetsova/Petrova. (WTA)