Top seed falls in first-round at Vienna

Updated: May 19, 2004, 12:41 PM ET
Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria -- Top-seeded Chanda Rubin lost in the first round of the Vienna Grand Prix on Wednesday, beaten in her return to the WTA Tour by Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 4-6.

This was the American's first match since injuring her left knee at the Pan Pacific Open in February in Tokyo. Jidkova, ranked No. 84, was playing her fifth match of the tournament.

Second-seeded Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi of Israel downed Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-0, 6-1. Fourth-seeded Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela had far more trouble, losing to Marlene Weingaertner of Germany 6-1, 6-1.

In another second-round match, fifth-seeded Amy Frazier ousted Australia's Nicole Pratt 6-1, 6-2. The American will next play Slovakia's Lubomira Kurhajcova, a 6-4, 6-1 winner against China's Zheng Jie.

Seventh-seeded Magui Serna of Spain topped Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-1, 6-2. Eighth-seeded Jelena Kostanic of Croatia downed Li Ting of China 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

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