Tennis star Chakvetadze is robbed

MOSCOW -- Russian tennis star Anna Chakvetadze was tied up by masked robbers who broke into her home Tuesday and stole money and goods worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, her father Dzhamal said.

Chakvetadze, ranked No. 6 and a 2007 U.S. Open semifinalist, was bound for 30 minutes in her home outside Moscow but not seriously hurt, NTV television reported.

"Anna is holding up quite well," Russia tennis coach Shamil Tarpishchev told the ITAR-Tass news agency.

Six assailants approached the home before dawn, tied up a maid in another building and forced her to hand over a remote control enabling them to enter the house through the garage, Dzhamal told NTV.

Police and Tarpishchev said the assailants tied up Chakvetadze and her parents, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. The father said he resisted but was hit on the head; Tarpishchev said the 20-year-old player "tried to resist but it was useless." Chakvetadze's 9-year-old brother, Roman, was asleep in the house during the break-in and was not touched.

NTV said the robbers took about $106,000 in cash, as well as jewelry and other goods worth about $200,000. ...

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