Rubin's struggles continue, Sucha advances in Bell

Updated: October 31, 2006, 3:14 PM ET
Associated Press

QUEBEC CITY -- Martina Sucha of Slovakia defeated Chanda Rubin of the United States 6-4, 6-2 in a first-round match of former champions at the Bell Challenge on Monday.

Sucha won the title in 2004, four years after Rubin won the championship. Rubin was a top-10 player until she was plagued by injuries to her left knee in 2004. She's won only one match in seven tournaments this year.

In other matches, sixth-seeded Shenay Perry of the United States beat Melinda Czink of Hungary 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, and eighth-seeded Olga Poutchkova of Russia eliminated wild card Valerie Tetreault of Canada 6-0, 6-2.

Laura Granville of the United States paid back Jelena Kostanic of Croatia 6-4, 6-4 for a defeat in Hobart, Australia, at the start of the year, and Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada beat Alina Jidkova of Russia 6-4, 6-2.

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