Sanchez-Vicario loses on Big Island
Advertiser Staff and News Services
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario won't get her 30th Sanex WTA Tour title this week. She was one of three seeded players upset in the second round of the Big Island Championships yesterday at Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Californian Marisssa Irvin, ranked 93rd in the world, ousted Sanchez, 6-3, 6-2. Sanchez was seeded third and is ranked 19th.
Irvin, 21, turned pro last year after losing to Stanford teammate Laura Granville in the NCAA final. She has won two Women's Circuit events a level below WTA Tour.
Top seed Justine Henin and second seed Sandrine Testud had no problems yesterday. Henin, a Wimbledon finalist, swept Australia's Nicole Pratt, 6-1, 6-4. Testud defeated Katarina Srebotnik, 6-3, 6-3.
Henin will play 1996 NCAA champion Jill Craybas in a quarterfinal today. Craybas upset sixth-seeded Marli Weingartner, 6-2, 6-1.
Fourth-seeded Lisa Raymond advanced, with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Janet Lee, but fifth-seeded Amy Frazier fell to Russian Alina Jidkova, 6-1, 6-3.
Qualifier Adrienn Hegedus, a Hungarian who plays for Brigham Young-Hawai'i, lost her second-round match, 6-1, 7-5, to eighth-seeded American Lilia Osterloh. Hegedus upset compatriot Rita Kuti Kis, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the opening round. Initial reports had Hegedus losing. Kuti Kis is ranked 72nd this week, while Osterloh is 63rd.
The semifinals will be played tomorrow. Sunday's singles final is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m., followed by the doubles final.
President's Cup: Second-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia rallied to beat Stefan Koubek of Austria, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 yesterday in the second round of the $500,000 tournament at Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Top-seeded Marat Safin ousted Marc Rosset of Switzerland 6-4, 7-6 (3) and also advanced to the third round.
Brasil Open: Top-seeded Monica Seles breezed past Tatiana Panova 6-1, 6-0 yesterday to reach the semifinals of the $400,000 event at Salvador, Brazil.
Jelena Dokic, the No. 2 seed, also advanced, eliminating Samantha Reeves 6-3, 6-2. Also, Rossana de los Rios, upset No. 4-seeded Silvia Farina Elia 6-3, 6-2 and Henrieta Nagyova ousted third-seeded Amanda Coetzer.