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Kirilenko crowned in Korea

Russian sees off Stosur for third title of season

Maria Kirilenko secured victory at the WTA Korea Open with a battling three-set win over Samantha Stosur in the final.
The top-seeded Russian prevailed 2-6 6-1 6-4 to earn her third title of the season.
Stosur fired down eight aces while dominating the opening set, but then promptly lost 10 of the next 11 games to surrender the second set and fall 4-0 down in the decider.
The powerful Australian, who is yet to win a WTA Tour event, rediscovered her touch to take the next three games and then overcame a 15-30 deficit to stay alive at 5-4 down.
But Kirilenko held her nerve, serving out to love to seal the result.
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Sela falls to A-Rod in China

Sela seen off in three sets as American claims third title of the year


Andy Roddick claimed his third ATP Tour title of the year with a 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 victory over Dudi Sela in the final of the China Open.
The American was forced to work hard for the victory over an opponent ranked 92nd in the world and playing in his first final.
Sela caused plenty of problems coming into the net as he looked to continue his giant-killing that had included knocking out top seed David Ferrer.
Although he lost the opening set having been broken in the fifth game, the Israeli held his nerve in the second set, fending off a match point in the tie-breaker.
He eventually came out on top to level the match, only for Roddick to claim the crucial break in the sixth game of the decider.
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The second seed eventually served out for the match after two hours on court to add the trophy in China to his victories in San Jose and Dubai, which came back in February and March respectively.
He has now won 26 titles in his career and his latest moves him closer to qualifying for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in November.
"I had in the back of my mind that I'd played 30-40 finals and that this was his first one, so I knew that would count for something," he said afterwards.
Sela, who who helped Israel beat Peru to retain its place in the Davis Cup World Group last week, was left to regret faltering on his own serve at 2-3 in the third set, though he was happy with his week's work.
"I showed myself that I can play with the big players," he said.
"You know it's a lot of pressure when you play against (Roddick) because you know you have to keep your serve every time."
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Ivanovic makes progress

Serb star faces rematch with Zheng

World number four Ana Ivanovic beat Alize Cornet 6-1 7-6 to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open.
Ivanovic needed just 30 minutes to close out the first set against the French teenager, before an early break of serve put her in control of the second.
Cornet hit back with two breaks of the Serbian star's serve, but wilted under the pressure of serving for the set and allowed Ivanovic to force a tie-break.
Ivanovic dominated the breaker, winning it for the loss of only one point to move into the last eight.
She will meet China's Zheng Jie for a place in the semi-finals after the home favourite delighted the Beijing crowd with a comprehensive victory over Japan's Ai Sugiyama.
Zheng defeated Ivanovic at Wimbledon earlier this year on her way to becoming the first Chinese woman to reach a Grand Slam singles semi-final.
Vera Zvonereva beat Francesca Schiavone in her second-round match and will face Anabel Medina Garrigues in the quarter-finals.
Dominika Cibulkova, who upset eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze 6-3 6-2 on Thursday, will face fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in the last eight.
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Ferrer crashes in China

Roddick and Robredo secure second-round victories


Third seed David Ferrer suffered a shock defeat in the second round of the China Open in Beijing.
The Spaniard was beaten 6-3 6-3 by world number 92 Dudi Sela in a match lasting only 70 minutes.
There was no such trouble for second seed Andy Roddick, who cruised past Brendan Evans 6-4 6-3 to book his place in round three.
Sixth seed Tommy Robredo also won in straight sets, beating Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic 6-2 6-3.
Ferrer was playing in his first match of the tournament after receiving a bye in the first round and the world number five was comfortably outplayed.
Sela secured an early break of serve to take control of the first set and then broke Ferrer to love in the fifth game of the second to set up his surprise win.
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Djokovic makes winning return

Soderling awaits top seed in quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic won his first ATP Tour match since the US Open to reach the quarter-finals of the Thailand Open.
Djokovic, who has played only one Davis Cup singles rubber since his semi-final defeat to Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows, beat Simon Stadler 6-1 6-3 in Bangkok.
The top seed will face sixth seed Robin Soderling for a place in the last four after the Swede defeated Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-1 6-3.
Djokovic is making his first appearance in Thailand since losing in the first round as a teenage wild card four years ago.
He swept through the opening set in just 22 minutes as world number 141 Stadler's inexperience showed.
The German hit back with a break at the start of the second set to take a 2-0 lead, but Djokovic won six of the next seven games to complete a routine win.
Djokovic, the Australian Open champion, is bidding for his fourth tournament victory of the season.
Nicolas Mahut moved into the last eight by beating Finnish fifth seed Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 3-6 6-3, while there were also wins for Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.
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Djokovic safely through to semi-finals

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils will meet for the first time in the semi-finals of the Thailand Open.
The French pair each recorded straight-sets victories in their quarter-final matches in Bangkok to set up their last four showdown.
Australian Open finalist Tsonga beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-2 in just 55 minutes, firing a dozen aces and breaking the Austrian three times.
"It was an easy match," he said. "I played some good tennis, it was much better than my previous match. It's good to reach the semi-finals.
Monfils, the fourth seed, ended German Philipp Petzschner's run with a 7-6 6-4 victory.
However, Czech third seed Tomas Berdych denied another Frenchman a semi-final berth with a 7-6 6-3 win over Nicolas Mahut.
Top seed Novak Djokovic is also through to the last four after beating Sweden's Robin Soderling 6-4 7-5.
The Serb served for the match at 5-3 but he failed to take the opportunity, before taking the match in the 12th game as the the big-serving Soderling struggled to get his first serve into play.
"His game is based on powerful serves," Djokovic said. "I played him several times on different surfaces so I was prepared for a difficult match."
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Giant-killer Sela into semis

Israeli now meets Schuettler in last four

Super-confident Dudi Sela put in another giant-killing display to beat sixth seed Tommy Robredo and reach the China Open semi-finals.
The Israeli beat top seed David Ferrer of Spain on Thursday and then did the business against the world number 16 on Friday, despatching Robredo 6-4 6-1.
But he had to overcome a nervous start when dropping his serve early to trail 3-1 in the first set.
But he then attacked Robredo's serve, firing passing shots and hitting deep into the Spaniard's back-hand to force errors.
The tactic proved effective as a rattled Robredo surrendered the second set and won only 54 percent of his first serves.
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"I felt very confident. I knew that I had nothing to lose today ... I knew that at this moment I am playing very good and that I can win, and it paid off," said Sela, who admitted to riding on a wave of confidence since helping Israel beat Peru to break into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday.
He added: "I knew that I had to attack him, because if not, he was going to move me around."
Sela now faces a semi-final clash with seventh seed Rainer Schuettler of Germany, who upset French world number 12 Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 6-4.
Second seed Andy Roddick battled his way past Juan Carlos Ferrero to book a semi-final date with Bjorn Phau of Germany, who upset third seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-3 4-6 6-3.
Roddick looked uneasy in the opening set against the Spaniard, smashing his racquet in frustration as he fell behind thanks to some poor serving.
However, the 26-year-old soon found his rhythm and sent down 23 aces in all as he clinched victory 2-6 6-3 6-4.
"That racket didn't want to be here any more, so I let it out... I was pretty upset and pretty fed up with the way I was playing," the American said.
Phau, ranked 137th in the world, caused a major upset by defeating Gonzalez, running the Spaniard ragged as he reached his first ATP semi-final.
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Zheng through to last four

Chinese player dumps second seed out of tournamen


Home favourite Zheng Jie beat former world number one Ana Ivanovic to reach the semi-finals of the China Open on Friday.
The Chinese player had beaten Ivanovic at Wimbledon and again proved her conqueror with a 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-4 win over the second seed in a marathon quarter-final clash lasting almost three hours.
China's world number 30 took the first set on a tie-break after the Serbian world number four had wasted two chances to serve for the set.
But the French Open champion then fought her way back, taking the second set despite an error-strewn display.
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But Zheng broke the Ivanovic serve in the first game of the third set and - despite further breaks for both players - she held her nerve to take the decider.
Her victory means she has matched the best-ever performance by a Chinese player at the tournament when Peng Shuai reached the semi-finals in 2006.
She will now take on fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova after the Russian beat Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-4.
Top seed Jelena Jankovic beat Daniela Hantuchova 7-5, 6-1 to set up a semi-final clash against fifth seed Vera Zvonareva who defeated Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-0, 6-1 in just 51 minutes.
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Sela through to final

Sela becomes first Israeli to reach an ATP final since 2000


Unseeded Dudi Sela continued his giant-killing run by beating seventh seed Rainer Schuettler to reach the final of the China Open.
He beat his opponent 6-3, 6-3 to get into his first final of an ATP event, where he will face either second-seed Andy Roddick or unseeded Bjorn Phau.
Ranked only 92 in the ATP rankings, he was quickly into his stride, breaking the error-prone Schuettler three times in the opening set.
The 23-year-old then forced what proved to be a decisive break in the sixth game of the second set.
Speaking afterwards, he said reaching an ATP final had been a "dream" since breaking into the top 100 of the world rankings.
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"Before the match I was very nervous because I wanted to be in the final," he said.
"For the final I have nothing to lose."
Sela's giant-killing run includes victories over top seed and world number five David Ferrer and sixth-seeded Tommy Robredo.
If he goes on to win in China, he will become the first Israeli to take an ATP singles title since Amos Mansdorf in 1993.
The last Israeli to reach a singles final was Harel Levy in 2000 when he lost to Marat Safin in the final of a Toronto event.
The last Israeli to reach a singles final was Harel Levy in 2000 when he lost to Marat Safin in the final of a Toronto event.
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Kirilenko wins through

Russian will play Stosur in Sunday's showpiece


Maria Kirilenko reached her second successive Korea Open final after a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Kaia Kanepi on Saturday.
The top seed, who lost to Venus Williams in the final last year, will now face Samantha Stosur in Sunday's showpiece after the Australian beat Jill Craybas 6-0, 6-1.
Kirilenko won the first set after racing to a 5-1 lead, but Kanepi broke serve in the fourth game of the second set and held on to draw the match level.
She then started the final set strongly, breaking serve in the first game before conceding several unforced errors which let Kirilenko regain her composure and hold on for the match, winning in two hours 18 minutes.
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Kirilenko, who is now going for her third title this year after winning at Estoril and Barcelona, said: "Today was so difficult. I was down 2-0 in the third set, and every game was really difficult.
"I'm really happy to get through all of this."
Stosur breezed into Sunday's final after combining a powerful serve and well-timed returns to beat Craybas in just 45 minutes.
The Australian, who is after her first WTA singles title, said: "I played very well. I didn't really do anything wrong, and just never let Jill get into it.
"I'm very, very happy with the way I played."
Stosur and Kirilenko have played each other three times before, with the Australian winning twice.
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