Ferrero dumps Robredo out

WASHINGTON: Former world No 12 Juan Carlos Ferrero ousted Spanish Davis Cup teammate and seventh seed Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the ATP Washington Classic on Wednesday.

Ferrero, who snapped a five-year win drought in April at Casablanca and won the deciding match in Spain’s Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Germany last month, advanced with ease to face German Tommy Haas for a quarter-final spot.

Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion, had some rest after flying on Monday to the US capital after losing to Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko in a clay final at Umag, Croatia. While hoping to take his hot hand into the US Open, Ferrero expects Rafael Nadal and others to lead the Spanish Davis Cup side in the semi-finals.

Croatia’s big-serving Ivo Karlovic fired 18 aces to defeat Germany’s Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 7-5 and book a third-round match against Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman, who upset Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic in the second round. Devvarman downed lanky Karlovic in January at Chennai in a run to the final in his hometown but lost the championship match to Cilic.

Germany’s Philipp Petzschner rallied to eliminate 20th-ranked American Mardy Fish 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. He meets Czech eighth seed Tomas Berdych next to decide a berth in Friday’s quarter-finals at the $1.4 million hardcourt event.

La Championships

LOS ANGELES: World No 1 Dinara Safina and former world No 1 Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the WTA Los Angeles Championships with triumphs on Wednesday.

Russian star Safina defeated Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-4 to set a matchup with China’s Zheng Jie, who defeated Russia’s Elena Vesnina 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 at the $700,000 hardcourt event. Russian beauty Sharapova, coming back from right shoulder surgery, rallied to defeat third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2.

Poland’s Urszula Radwanska upset Slovakian seventh seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4 and in the third round will face China’s Li Na, who outlasted Canada’s Alexandra Wozniak 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Other seeded winners included Russian No 5 Nadia Petrova, who ousted Israel’s Shahar Peer 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, and Polish eighth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who eliminated Japan’s Ai Sugiyama 6-2, 6-1.

Australia’s Samantha Stosur advanced to a third-round meeting with Serbian eighth seed Ana Ivanovic by beating Russia’s Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-4.