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Coetzer, Kruger Win in Luxembourg

October 22, 1997

LUXEMBOURG (AP) _ Top-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa struggled against a qualifier, but managed to advance to the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open on Wednesday, joining compatriot Joanette Kruger who upset Sandrine Testud of France.

Coetzer beat Italy’s Silvia Farina 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 with some sloppy play that often belied her No. 5 world ranking.

Kruger, 37th on the WTA rankings, upset the third-seeded Testud 6-2, 6-1.

Kruger needed little effort to sweep past a dispirited Testud, who is ranked 24 places ahead of her, taking the match in just one hour.

``I was mentally tired and couldn’t concentrate,″ Testud said.

In other second-round matches, Henrieta Nagyova of Slovakia beat Naoko Sawamatsu of Japan 6-4, 6-4 and Miriam Oremans of the Netherlands rallied to beat Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

The tournament is already missing two of the top three seeds, after second-seeded Irina Spirlea of Romania, ranked seventh in the world, withdrew at the last moment with a bad back.

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