Tennis: Sela into Ordina quarters

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June 17, 2009 08:00
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Tennis: Sela into Ordina quarters

Dudi Sela 298.88. (photo credit: AP)

Dudi Sela will enter Wimbledon next week in a confident mood after advancing to the quarterfinals of the Ordina Open in the Netherlands on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, ranked number 47 in the world, defeated Igor Kunitsyn of Russia 6-4, 6-3, saving during the match an amazing 14 of 14 break points. Sela will face the winner of the match between Marcos Baghdatis and Raemon Sluiter in the last eight of the grass court event, . Baghdatis beat second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of on Tuesday. Also Tuesday, Harel Levy was knocked out in the second round of the Wimbledon qualifiers, losing 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 to Xavier Malisse. Meanwhile, Shahar Pe'er will leave for London on Wednesday, hoping the stress fracture in her right foot will heal in time for her to be fully fit at the All England Club next week. Pe'er hasn't played a competitive match in over a month and also missed the Roland Garros. French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was dumped out in the first round of the grass-court tournament at Eastbourne on Tuesday, losing 6-0, 6-3 to Aleksandra Wozniack of Canada. "It's really tough for me," the second-seeded Kuznetsova said. "I played for two months on clay and I have it almost in my blood. "I don't have to think about the tactics. I know how to defend, how to attack and what time; how to serve and this and that. "And on this surface, everything is opposite. For me, it's too much to change in three days." Third-seeded Jelena Jankovic and No. 4 Vera Zvonareva were also beaten, along with top-seeded men's player, Igor Andreev, in the dual WTA and ATP event. Anna Chakvetadze defeated Jankovic 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2, Amelie Mauresmo topped Zvonareva 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 and Frank Dancevic downed Andreev 7-6 (6), 6-2. It was Chakvetadze's first win over a top-10 opponent since beating Marion Bartoli at the Paris Indoor event in February 2008. "I am pleased with every win right now because it's very important to me to get back my confidence," said Chakvetadze, a former No. 5 who has fallen to No. 31. "I lost a huge opportunity in the first set, but I'm glad I came back in the second and third." Jankovic blamed her defeat on adjusting to the surface. "It was obviously my first match on grass and it took me a while to get the rhythm out there," she said. "Getting those low balls, my legs got so tight and so tired. And especially in the third set, I didn't have the energy in my legs any more to bend down." Fifth-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus withdrew with a hip injury and was replaced by Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain.


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