Russians Nadia Petrova and Anna Chakvetadze overcame the cold and wind and reached the second round of the J&S Cup. “The conditions were I think the worst,” Petrova said. “It was cold, it was windy — before we went on it was a little bit drizzling.”
Fifth seed Petrova downed Katarzyna Piter of Poland 6-3, 7-5. The 24-year-old Petrova, who won three clay-court titles last season, had little trouble overpowering her 17-year-old opponent. Still, she wasn’t completely satisfied with her play — “I really had a difficult time because last week I didn’t do much practising.” In the second round, Petrova meets Mara Santangelo of Italy, who beat Severine Bremond of France 6-2, 6-3.
Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze was better than her American opponent Jill Craybas. The Russian won in straight sets, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5. Anna’s next opponent will be the winner of the match Tathiana Garbin vs. Laura Granville.