NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. wild-card entry Ashley Harkleroad dropped one game in winning a first-round match Monday at the $600,000 Pilot Pen tennis tournament in Connecticut.
Harkleroad was a 6-1, 6-0 victor over Tatiana Poutchek to highlight first-round play of the final hardcourt tournament before the U.S. Open.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is the top seed for the Pilot Pen tournament. The event winner will claim $88,265.
World No. 1 Justine Henin won the Pilot Pen tournament last year but is not in the 2007 New Haven field.