January 15, 2008 / 12:40 AM / 11 years ago

Tennis-Sixth seed Chakvetadze through after Petkovic injury

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze advanced to the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday when Germany’s Andrea Petkovic retired with a right knee injury in the first game of their match.

The 20-year-old Petkovic, ranked 92, suffered the injury when stretching for a forehand and after treatment, the tearful German told Chakvetadze she was unable to continue.

Russian Chakvetadze was a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park last year.

Reporting by Simon Cambers; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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