Rubin nets first win since 2005 at Luxembourg

Updated: September 26, 2006, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

LUXEMBOURG -- Chanda Rubin won her first match in more than a year, beating Germany's Martina Muller 6-3, 6-0 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Fortis Championships.

Rubin, ranked 342nd in the world, last won at Cincinnati in the summer of 2005, but needed only 53 minutes on the indoor hardcourt to beat the 37th-ranked Muller. After winning at Cincinnati, Rubin aggravated a left knee injury and then lost in the first round of the U.S. Open.

Qualifier Karin Knapp of Italy defeated seventh-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany 6-0, 6-4, and Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko beat No. 8 seed Mary Pierce of France 6-3, 6-3.

Fifth-seeded Francesca Schiavone, the world's 14th-ranked player and star of the Fed Cup team that won the final against Belgium 10 days ago, beat Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Roberta Vinci, Schiavone's Fed Cup doubles partner, defeated Tatjana Malek of Germany, 6-4, 6-3.

In other another first-round match, Nathalie Dechy of France beat Austria's Sybille Bammer 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Dechy will next play second-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia.

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