Spadea advances in SAP Open; Moya, Maleeva win

Associated Press

San Jose, February 9:

Vincent Spadea of US avoided an upset, recovering from a first-set loss to beat Anthony Dupuis of France 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the SAP Open.

Spadea meets countryman James Blake, who advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Wesley Moodie of South Africa. Seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria advanced with a 6-2, 7-5 win over qualifier Glenn Weiner of the US. Melzer won 83 per cent of his first-serve points in taking the first meeting between the players. Tomas Zib of the Czech Republic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 6-3.

Open Gaz de France:

PARIS: Eighth-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria outlasted Claudine Schaul of Luxembourg 7-6, 7-6 in the first round of the Open Gaz de France. Maleeva will face Czech Jelena Jankovic, who downed Emilie Loit of France 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

In other first-round matches, Vera Douchevina of Russia beat Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 and Selima Sfar of Tunisia downed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 7-6, 6-2.

Tatiana Golovin beat French countrywoman Severine Beltrame 6-2, 7-6, and next plays third-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia.

ATP Buenos Aires:

BUENOS AIRES: Top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain advanced to the second round of the ATP Buenos Aires, defeating Peter Luczak of Australia 6-3, 7-6. Two other seeded players were knocked out of the $380,000 tournament — Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina and Filippo Volandri of Italy. Marc Lopez of Spain upset the fifth-seeded Chela 7-5, 6-1, and Lars Burgsmuller of Germany beat sixth-seeded Volandri 6-4, 6-2. Also, Mariano Puerta advanced downing countryman Juan Pablo Guzman 6-2, 7-6. Guillermo Canas, Mariano Zabaleta, Jose Acasuso and Juan Monaco all advanced on Monday.