ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Seventh-seeded Jeremy Chardy was among Monday's first-round losers at the $750,000 St. Petersburg Open.
Russia's Mikhail Kukushkin eliminated the French Chardy in 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-0 fashion on the indoor hardcourts at SCC Peterburgsky. The 88th-ranked Kukushkin also toppled Chardy in the first round in Moscow last week.
Additional Day-1 action saw Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili overcome Italian Filippo Volandri 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and American journeyman Michael Russell douse Russian wild card Igor Andreev 6-1, 7-5. Gabashvili and Kukushkin will meet in an all-Russian second-rounder.
This week's top seeds are 2004 champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, who is the reigning titlist here, having beaten Argentine Horacio Zeballos in last year's St. Petersburg finale.
The 2010 St. Petersburg champ will collect $113,600.