Top-seeded Chakvetadze seeks fifth title of season at Linz

Oct 24, 2007 - 4:23 PM LINZ, Austria (Ticker) -- Top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze will begin her quest for her fifth title of the year on Wednesday at the $600,000 Generali Ladies Linz.

Chakvetadze faces Italy's Francesca Schiavone in the second round after receiving a bye as one of the top four seeds.

The Russian, who is seventh in the world rankings, is coming off a disappointing second-round loss to compatriot Dinara Safina at Moscow two weeks ago and is 1-3 in three events since a semifinal appearance at the U.S. Open.

Despite the recent rough patch, Chakvetadze on Tuesday became the sixth player to qualify for the singles event at the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships.

Chakvetadze made her debut at this indoor event last year but lost in the second round to local favorite Samantha Stosur.

A 20-year-old Moscow native, Chakvetadze heads a field that includes seven of the top-20 ranked players at this final event of the European indoor season.

Safina, who is seeded fourth, will open her tournament when she faces Italian Karin Knapp in the only other second-round match on Wednesday.

The world No. 16, Safina is seeking her second title of the season after winning the championship at the Gold Coast in Australia in her first tournament in January.

Fifth-seeded Nicole Vaidisova was challenged by wild card Flavia Pennetta in her first-round match Wednesday, but escaped with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory.

Vaidisova is seeking her first title of the season and has not appeared in a final in 2007. The 18-year-old Czech, who missed almost two months this summer due to a viral illness, has not won on Tour since May 2006 at Strasbourg.

Unseeded Tamira Paszek of Switzerland also advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 7-5 win against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues.

In the remaining first-round match, No. 7 Tatiana Golovin of France will face Greece's Eleni Daniilidou. Golovin is in search of her third title of the year after falling to world No. 1 Justine Henin in the Zurich final on Sunday.

First prize is $88,265.






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