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Thursday, June 21, 2007
Top-seeded Robredo upset, Jankovic advances at Ordina Open semis

Associated Press

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.