Sun, Feb 29, 2004 - Page 23 News List

Henin-Hardenne advances in Dubai

PROFESSIONAL TENNIS Justin Henin-Hardenne, who came to Dubai on the back of her third grand slam win, struggled to beat Meghann Shaughnessy


Second-seeded Maria Sanchez Lorenzo of Spain overcame Croatian qualifier Lana Popadic 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, and will play third-seeded Emilie Loit of France, who topped Conchita Martinez Granados of Spain for the second time this year, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-2.

Open 13

Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty advanced to the Open 13 semifinals Friday, upsetting No. 4 Max Mirnyi 6-3, 7-6 (10) and staying on course for his third ATP Tour title of the season.

Hrbaty meets Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman, who beat Switzerland's Marc Rosset 7-5, 6-3. The Slovak, who holds six career titles, won the Heineken Open and the AAPT Championships in January.

In another quarterfinal upset, Sweden's Robin Soderling defeated hard-hitting Chilean and No. 5 seed Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Next up for Soderling, a 19-year-old prospect, was No. 7 Arnaud Clement of France, who was the only seeded player remaining in the tournament.

Clement beat Spain's Alberto Martin 6-3, 6-2.

Brasil Open

Fourth-seeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina beat Luis Horna of Peru 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in the Brasil Open on Friday and advanced to his fifth career final.

Calleri, who has played all of his ATP finals on clay, has won only one title, in Acapulco last year.

He will meet Gustavo Kuerten in Saturday's final. Kuerten beat Argentina's Jose Acasuso 6-4, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

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