Defending champion Anna Chakvetadze loses to Dinara Safina in Moscow


Third seed Anna Chakvetadze succumbed to fellow Muscovite Dinara Safina 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 at the $1.34 million Kremlin Cup on Thursday. Chakvetadze’s defeat is just a continuation of a series of upsets at the Moscow tournament.

World No.6 Chakvetadze held two set points in the first set tiebreak and couldn’t convert them. In the second, set she saved two match points, but eventually fell to the world No.17.

Safina heads into Friday’s quarterfinals against another countrywoman, Vera Zvonareva, who is working to regain her former high standing on the tour.


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