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Robbers tie up Chakvetadze, steal thousands from her home

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 said.

The player 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
Chakvetadze told NTV.

"They started to beat me, and I resisted. They hit me over the
head with, I think, a pistol butt. It was dark," he said, taking
off his cap to show his bruised scalp. "They took out a pistol and
told me my child was at home -- reminded me -- and they told me to
hand everything over. I did."

Police and Tarpishchev said the assailants tied up Chakvetadze
and her parents, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. Tarpishchev
said the 20-year-old player, ranked No. 6, "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, Tarpishchev said.

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

Moscow region police did not answer phone calls seeking comment.

Chakvetadze reached a career-high ranking of No. 5 in September,
following her first run to a Grand Slam semifinal. She won four
singles titles and about $1.4 million in prize money in 2007, her
best season since turning pro in 2003.