Monfils, Montanes ousted in Stuttgart; Monaco wins Bastad openers
Top-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils and defending champ Alberto Montanes were a pair of losers Wednesday at the Mercedes Cup. Monfils lost his opening round match completed Wednesday versus Victor Hannescu, while Montanes was stunned by fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar in their second-round bout.
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Romanian campaigner Victor Hanescu came back after a tentative start Tuesday and went on to oust top-seed Gael Monfils of France in a battle of runners-up at the Mercedes Cup tennis event Wednesday.
Hanescu, the 2009 Stuttgart runner-up to Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, completed his first round assignment with a 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 upset of Monfils, who was leading when play was halted due to rains Tuesday.
Monfils was the runner-up to 2010 champion Albert Montanes of Spain.
Marcel Granollers also posted upset over No. 7 seed Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, in the other first round play Wednesday.
In Day 3’s second round action, Pablo Andujar dashed the hopes of fellow Spaniard Montanes of returning to the finals a stunning 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over the defending champion.
In Bastad, Sweden, Argentina’s Juan Monaco advanced into the next stage after knocking out compatriot Carlos Berlocq, while No. 7 seed Andrey Golubev of Russia became the highest casualty at the SkiStar Swedish Open Men's Tennis Wednesday.
Monaco withstood a tough test by Berlocq 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 in the first round, while Golubev succumbed to Spaniard Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-2.
Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Italian Potito Starace bested French challenger Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy 6-0, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 in second-round action.
Top seed and crowd favorite Robin Soderling was slated to open his 2011 Bastad bid Wednesday. Soderling ruled this clay-court tournament in 2009.
In Bad Gastein, Austria, eighth-seeded Russian Ksenia Pervak avoided another upset bid Wednesday, when she overcome a gusty Nastja Kolar to lead winners in the second round of the Gastein Ladies Open.
Pervak, who prevailed over Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in the previous round, battled back from a set down to expel Kolar, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2.
Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro was also triumphant in her second-round draw, eliminating countrymate Arantxa Parra Santonja, 6-3, 6-3.
In Wednesday’s lone first-round match, Austrian Sybille Bammer, who announced her retirement from the WTA last month, toppled sixth-seeded Romanian Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 (8-6) in her return to the tennis courts.
At the Palermo International tennis event in Palermo, Italy, Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova (No. 6) and Petra Cetkovska (8) defeated their respective second round foes Wednesday.
Pironkova battled back after losing the first round en route to a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 trouncing of Romanian Sorana Cirstea, while Cetkovska sent Akgul Amanmuradova packing with a straight sets pasting, 6-2, 6-4.
Former champion and Italian favorite Flavia Pennetta, seeded No. 1 this week, is set to face Mathilde Johansson later Wednesday.
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