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Kournikova Advances in Mexico

March 1, 2002

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ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) _ Anna Kournikova advanced to the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano Pegaso tournament Thursday, beating Slovakia’s Janette Husarova 6-3, 6-4.

Kournikova, the popular Russian seeking her first WTA Tour title, will face Slovakia’s Katarina Srebotnik, a 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 winner over fourth-seeded Cristina Torrens Valero of Spain.

Top-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia will face seventh-seeded Paola Suarez of Argentina in the other semifinal.

Dementieva led Emilie Loit of France 6-4 when Loit withdrew because of an injury. Suarez beat third-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa 6-3, 6-4.

In the second round of the men’s competition, Spain’s Albert Montanes beat sixth-seeded countryman Felix Mantilla 6-4, 6-4; Argentina’s Mariano Zabaleta edged Sweden’s Magnus Norman 7-5, 6-4; Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela beat Chile’s Nicolas Massu 2-6, 7-6 (10), 6-4; and Spain’s Francisco Clavet led compatriot Jacobo Diaz 4-0 when Diaz retired because of an injury.

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