<
>

Ljubicic rallies past Monfils; Krajicek wins in women's play

DEN BOSCH, Netherlands -- Ivan Ljubicic rallied to beat
Gael Monfils of France 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 Monday in the first round of the
grass-court Ordina Open.

Monfils had 10 aces in the first set, but the second-seeded
Croat broke once to take the second before shutting out the
Frenchman in the final set.

On the women's side, defending champion Michaella Krajicek of
the Netherlands beat Gisela Dulko of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 on a
rain-interrupted day at the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

"Dulko has been improving a lot in the last year," Krajicek
said. "I don't think she played her best tennis today."

Also, eighth-seeded Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine defeated Arantxa
Rus of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-1.

The only seeded player to fall was No. 7 Anabel Medina Garrigues
of Spain, who lost to Russian qualifier Elena Vesnina 7-6 (4), 3-6,
6-3.

Qualifier Peter Wessels of the Netherlands beat Nicolas Devilder
of France and Antony Dupuis of France topped Thiemo de Bakker of
the Netherlands, while Tatjana Malek of Germany beat sixth-seeded
Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia.

Kristof Vliegen of Belgium advanced to the second round when
Fabrice Santoro of France retired at 1-1 in the second set after
losing the first 6-3. Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States beat
Ksenia Lykina of Russia 6-2, 6-1.