One and done for Schnyder at the Pilot Pen

Aug 19, 2007 - 11:05 PM NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (Ticker) -- It didn't take long for a seeded player to be ousted at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament.

Fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder will have some extra time to rest up for the upcoming U.S. Open after losing to unseeded Italian Francesca Schiavone, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-4, in the first round Sunday.

The upset occurred in the second of two opening-round matches on the schedule Sunday at this $600,000 hardcourt event. The loss was a deja vu of sorts for Schnyder, who lost in the first round last year to Tiantian Sun of China.

The Switzerland product is just 7-7 career at this tournament and has never gone beyond the quarterfinals.

Schiavone, who won her first career title at the end of July at the Tier III Bad Gastein tournament, awaits the winner of Monday's match between France's Emilie Loit and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

The only other women's match on the first day saw American wild card Vania King earn a 6-4, 6-4 win against unseeded Tathiana Garbin of Italy.

Thanks to the absence of world No. 1 Justine Henin, there will be a new champion on the women's side, which features a first prize of $88,265.

Seven of the women's top-20 players in the world are entered, headlined by top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian lost to Henin in the semifinals here last year.

There were eight matches slated for Sunday in the men's draw at this tournament, none involving seeded players.

It was a good day for Americans as Robby Ginepri, Donald Young, Michael Russell and Mardy Fish all advanced at the tournament, a $675,000 event for the men.

Young's 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, victory against fellow American Amer Delic was his first on the tour. Things don't exactly get easier for the 18-year-old wild card as defending champion Nikolay Davydenko awaits him in the second round.

A native of Russia, the top-seeded Davydenko did not play Sunday, as the top 16 seeds at this 64-player tournament received first-round byes. Davydenko beat Agustin Calleri of Argentina in the final last year. Calleri is seeded 10th this year.

Marc Gicquel of France also won here Sunday and will face No. 2 Tommy Robredo of Spain in the second round. Other players advancing were Argentine's Juan Martin Del Potro, Feliciano Lopez of Spain and Sweden's Thomas Johansson.






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