Safina exacts revenge on Krajicek


Fri, Jun 22, 2007 - Page 23

Dinara Safina paid back defending champion Michaella Krajicek in the Ordina Open on Wednesday, winning their second-round rematch of last year's final 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Unseeded Krajicek won last year in straight sets, but Wednesday's match was much tighter.

Fourth-seeded Safin had more aces (14 to 10), double faults (9-7) and grabbed two of her nine break chances, while Krajicek went only 1-for-7.

Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic advanced to the quarter-finals when Meilen Tu of the US withdrew with a groin strain, and another US player, Meghann Shaughnessy, retired with a sprained ankle while trailing fifth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 3-6, 6-3, 5-3.

In the men's draw, No. 1-seeded Tommy Robredo and No. 2 Ivan Ljubicic won their second-round matches -- and remained the only seeds left after No. 3 Guillermo Canas was upset by German qualifier Michael Berrer 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Robredo defeated Belgium's Kristof Vliegen 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 to make it to the Ordina last eight for a fifth time. The Spaniard next meets local qualifier Peter Wessels, who beat Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 6-2, 7-6 (3).

Justine Henin started the defense of her Eastbourne title by defeating Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday in the second round.

The top-ranked Belgian advanced to the quarter-finals of the grass-court warmup for Wimbledon with the win. It was her first match since winning her fourth French Open title on June 9.

Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo also won, beating Mara Santangelo of Italy 6-2, 6-3.

Also, third-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia defeated Nathalie Dechy of France 7-5, 7-5.

Two-time defending champion Richard Gasquet beat Jan Vacek 6-4, 6-0 in the second round of the Nottingham Open on Wednesday to keep alive his unbeaten record at the key Wimbledon warmup.

Tim Henman was ousted by second-seeded Dmitry Tursunov, losing 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3.

The top-seeded Gasquet easily beat Czech qualifier Vacek to record his 12th straight win on the grass courts of Nottingham and reach the quarter-finals, where he will meet Arnaud Clement.

"I know him [Clement] and he's a friend, and it's never easy to play against a friend," Gasquet said. "I played great today. I won last year, so I have to be confident. It wasn't easy with the wind."