Thursday, June 21, 2007
Top-seeded Robredo upset, Jankovic advances at Ordina Open semis
DEN BOSCH, Netherlands -- Peter Wessels, a Dutch qualifier
ranked 488th, beat top-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-3 Thursday to
advance to the semifinals of the Ordina Open.
On the women's side, top-seeded Jelena Jankovic defeated Alona
Bondarenko of Ukraine, 6-2, 6-1 to earn a semifinal against
fourth-seeded Dinara Safina in this grass-court Wimbledon warmup.
Safina downed Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 7-5.
Wessels broke Robredo, a Spaniard ranked No. 7, twice in the
first set and once in the second.
"Almost everything went right today," Wessels said. "I would
never have believed this last week -- I didn't even know I'd be
playing here. And now I'm in the semifinals."
Earlier, second-seeded Ivan Ljubicic reached the semifinals,
beating Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-3. Julien
Benneteau of France also made it to the last four, defeating German
qualifier Michael Berrer 7-6 (2), 7-5.
The other quarterfinal, between Benjamin Becker and Antony
Dupuis, was suspended because of darkness after rain held up play.
Dupuis won the first set in a tiebreak and it was 3-3 in the second
when play was halted.
The only surprise in the women's draw came when fifth-seeded
Daniela Hantuchova overpowered second-seeded Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-1.
Hantuchova next will play third-seeded Anna Chakvetadze, who beat
Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-2.