Sun, Nov 18, 2007 - Page 24 News List

Lu Yen-hsun beats Filipino Mamiit to reach Challenge final

LOCAL HERO Lu is one of eight Taiwanese who have participated in the ATP tournament that is being staged at the Yangming Tennis Center in Kaohsiung

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Lu Yen-hsun hits a return to Cecil Mamiit during their semi-final at the ATP Taiwan Challenge in Kaohsiung yesterday.

PHOTO: HUANG CHIH-YUAN, TAIPEI TIMES

Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳), one of eight Taiwanese players that have participated in the ATP Taiwan Challenge 2007, reached today's tournament final after defeating the Philippines' top-ranked player Cecil Mamiit, 6-1, 6-4 in the semi-finals yesterday.

Lu, the tournament's second seed, will play top seed Dudi Sela of Israel, who defeated unseeded Farrukh Dustov from Uzbekistan, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals.

On his way to the finals, Lu also defeated unseeded Rainer Schuettler from Germany, the Australian Open runner up in 2003, but who has now slipped to an ATP ranking of 136.

The men's professional tennis tournament is sanctioned by the ATP for world-ranked players. It opened at the Yangming Tennis Center in Kaohsiung on Nov. 10 with a purse of US$50,000. Forty-six players from 20 countries have participated in the nine-day tournament.

Lu has an ATP world ranking of 103. Taiwan's other main hope Wang Yeu-tzuoo (王宇佐), with an ATP world ranking of 150, retired in his first round match against Ireland's Conor Niland.

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