Sela gets back on track

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July 28, 2010 05:50

Hours after dropping two more places to No. 104, tennis star advanced to second round of Farmers Classic tournament in Los Angeles.

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DUDI SELA hopes to regain some momentum as the North American hard-court season heats up. The 25-yea

DUDI SELA 311. (photo credit: AP)

Hours after dropping two more places to No. 104 in the world, Dudi Sela took a step forward in the right direction on Monday, advancing to the second round of the Farmers Classic tournament in Los Angeles.

Sela outlasted Xavier Malisse (ranked 57th) of Belgium, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, snapping a threematch losing streak by claiming his first victory in over a month.

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Next up for Sela is a far tougher challenge against world No. 27 and No. 4 seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain.

The other top singles seeds with first-round byes in this event are Andy Murray (world No. 4) – a wild-card replacement for second-ranked Novak Djokovic, who withdrew for personal reasons – 2009 champion Sam Querrey (20) and Marcos Baghdatis (26) of Cyprus.

In women’s action, Shahar Pe’er (16) faced Daniela Hantuchova (25) in a tough first round encounter in Stanford late Tuesday night in her first match under the guidance of new coach Eliot Teltscher.

Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic beat Alisa Kleybanova 6-3, 6-2 Monday in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic, ending a two-match losing streak to the 26th-ranked Russian.

Former top-ranked Dinara Safina of Russia, plagued by a lower back injury much of the year, lost to Japan’s Kimiko Date Krumm, 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-2.

Ivanovic, another former world No. 1 currently ranked a five-year low 63rd, was granted a wildcard into the event.

Safina extended her losing streak to six matches after dropping out of the top 20 for the first time in four years.


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