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Last Updated: Monday, 30 April 2007, 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
Petrova battles through in Warsaw
Nadia Petrova
Petrova struggled to get to grips with the clay surface
Fifth seed Nadia Petrova battled past Katarzyna Piter of Poland to reach the second round of the J&S Cup in Warsaw.

The 24-year-old Russian, who won three clay-court titles last season before injury saw her miss the French Open and Wimbledon, won 6-3 7-5.

"I was playing against two opponents," said world number nine Petrova. "One was on the other side of the net and one was on the same side as I was.

"I really had a difficult time because last week I didn't do much practising."

She added: "The previous week I played Fed Cup and that was indoors so it was completely different conditions."

Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze also had to fight hard to book a spot in the second round.

The Russian overcame an inconsistent performance to beat American Jill Craybas 7-6 (8-6) 7-5.

But eighth seed Katarina Srebotnik was a first-round casualty, going down 6-3 4-6 6-1 to Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine.

Defending champion Kim Clijsters, playing her only clay court tournament of her farewell season, is seeded second behind fellow Belgian Justine Henin.

Three-time runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia is seeded three while 2004 champion Venus Williams is also playing but is unseeded.



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