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Ancic loses

KITZBUEHEL: Mario Ancic crashed out of the Austria Open on Monday, falling 6-4, 6-3 to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

Eighth seeded Dudi Sela was felled 7-5, 6-1 by lucky loser Julien Benneteau and Marc Giquel, the sixth seed, lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 to Juan Ignacio Chela.

At the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, Serbia and Sweden took winning leads over Russia and USA, winning both singles matches, rendering the doubles rubber redundant.

Important results: At Kitzbuehel (Austria Open): First round: Jurgen Melzer bt Frederico Gil 6-3, 6-0; Oscar Hernandez bt Fabrice Santoro 6-2, 6-3; Juan-Ignacio Chela bt Marc Gicquel 5-7, 6-3, 6-0; Julien Benneteau bt bt Dudi Sela 7-5, 6-1; Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo bt Mario Ancic 6-4, 6-3.

At Duesseldorf (World Team Cup): Blue Group: Serbia 2 leads Russia 0 (Janko Tipsarevic bt Stanislav Vovk 6-2, 6-4; Viktor Troicki bt Evgeny Korolev 6-2, 6-2). Red Group: Sweden 2 leads USA 0 (Robin Soderling bt Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-2; Andreas Vinciguerra bt Robby Ginepri 7-5, 6-4).

At Warsaw (Warsaw Open): First round: Sara Errani bt Greta Arn 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(2); Daniela Hantuchova bt Nuria Llagostera Vives 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Urszula Radwanska bt Mariya Koryttseva 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Jill Craybas bt Edina Gallovits 3-6, 7-5, 6-3; Ioana Raluca Olaru bt Jelena Dokic 6-4, 6-3.

At Strasbourg (Strasbourg International): First round: Anabel Medina Garrigues bt Yanina Wickmayer 1-6, 6-3, 6-3; Viktoriya Kutuzova bt Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3, 6-0; Julie Coin bt Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2; Monica Niculescu bt Anna-Lena Groenefeld 4-6, 6-2, 6-3; Alla Kudryavtseva bt Nathalie Dechy 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-3. — Agencies

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