Dechy and Jankovic make quick exit

Neither Nathalie Dechy of France nor Jelena Jankovic of Serbia & Montenegro will be entering the US Open in a positive frame of mind.

Neither Nathalie Dechy of France nor Jelena Jankovic of Serbia & Montenegro will be entering the US Open in a positive frame of mind.

The ninth-seeded Dechy and the 10th-seeded Jankovic both were upset on Monday in the first round of the $1.26m (€1.03m) Pilot Pen Tennis hardcourt tournament, the final warm-up event before next week’s US Open.

Playing a night match, Dechy fell to American wild card Meghann Shaughnessy, 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 6-4. Shaughnessy awaits either German Anna-Lena Groenefeld or Croatian qualifier Jelena Kostanic in the second round.

Earlier on Monday afternoon, Jankovic was bounced by Russian Anna Chakvetadze, 6-3 3-6 6-2. Chakvetadze next will face countrywoman Maria Kirilenko, who routed Italian Silvia Farina Elia, 6-1 6-3.

The Pilot Pen is a combined men’s and women’s event for the first time.

Russian Nikolay Davydenko is the top seed in the men’ draw, while American Lindsay Davenport is his distaff counterpart.

Davenport, who surrendered the world number one ranking to Russian Maria Sharapova on Monday, has not completed a match since losing in the Wimbledon final to Venus Williams because of a lower back strain.

She aggravated the injury in her opening match at Stanford last month.

One of four women’s seeds to receive a first-round bye, Davenport was the runner-up here four times between 1999-2003. She can end Sharapova’s reign as number one after just one week by reaching Saturday’s final.

In the second round, she will face Czech qualifier Kveta Peschke, who defeated Tatiana Golovin of France, 6-3 6-4, on Monday.

The second seed is Amelie Mauresmo of France, who awaits Elena Likhovtseva. The Russian rallied past French countrywoman Marion Bartoli, 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-3.

Russian Vera Douchevina posted a 6-4 6-4 win over Chinese qualifier Shuai Peng to set up a second-round matchup with fourth-seeded compatriot Elena Dementieva.

Russian Elena Bovina won last year’s women’s-only event but is not entered because of a nagging shoulder injury.

No seeded men were in action on Monday, with all 16 men’s seeds receiving first-round byes.

In first round action Italian Davide Sanguinetti defeated American Kevin Kim 7-6 (8-6) 6-3, Russian Igor Andreev beat Argentine Juan Monaco 6-3 6-4, Spain’s Fernando Verdasco beat Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic 6-0 6-4, Italian Andreas Seppi beat Russian Dmitry Tursunov 1-6 6-3 6-4 and American Justin Gimelstob beat Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7-4)

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