SPORT

Daniilidou overcomes Garbin

KEY BISCAYNE, MARCH 24. Eleni Daniilidou beat Tathiana Garbin 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 on Wednesday, the opening day of the Nasdaq-100 when all the seeds had the afternoon off.

Vera Douchevina of Russia defeated Frenchwoman Emilie Loit 6-3, 6-3 in other women's play and American Marissa Irvin eliminated Spaniard Magui Serna 6-3, 7-5.

In men's play, 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain beat America's Brendan Evans 6-2, 6-4, Robby Ginepri of the United States swept Italy's Filippo Volandri 7-6(4), 6-1 and James Blake of the United States beat Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark 6-3, 6-2.

The results (first round): Men: Robby Ginepri bt Filippo Volandri 7-6(4), 6-1; Lee Hyung-taik bt Thomas Enqvist 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; David Ferrer bt Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 7-6(6); Jose Acasuso bt Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 6-3; Iraki Labadze bt Younes El Aynaoui 6-4, 1-6, 6-1; Alberto Martin bt Agustin Calleri 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3); Kevin Kim bt Luis Horna 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(0); Fernando Verdasco bt Peter Wessels 6-4, 7-5; Juan Carlos Ferrero bt Brendan Evans 6-2, 6-4; Rainer Schuettler bt Potito Starace 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(5); Greg Rusedski bt Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Jonas Bjorkman bt Max Mirnyi 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Igor Andreev bt Nicolas Almagro 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(12); Gael Monfils bt Michael Llodra 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; James Blake bt Kenneth Carlsen 6-3, 6-2; Jarkko Nieminen bt Cyril Saulnier 6-2, 7-6(4).

Women: Kveta Peschke bt Sesil Karatantcheva 6-3, 6-1; Anabel Medina Garrigues bt Marlene Weingartner 6-1, 4-3 (retired); Vera Douchevina Emilie Loit 6-3, 6-3; Kristina Brandi bt Jamea Jackson 6-3, 6-2; Nuria Llagostera Vives bt Lindsay Lee-Waters 6-2, 6-0; Denisa Chladkova bt Iveta Benesova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2; Marissa Irvin bt Magui Serna 6-3, 7-5; Elena Daniilidou bt Tathiana Garbin 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; Anna-Lena Groenefeld bt Julia Schruff 6-4, 6-2; Catalina Castano bt Stephanie Foretz 6-1, 6-3; Shahar Peer bt Marta Domachowska 6-2, 2-6, 7-5; Abigail Spears bt Samantha Stosur 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1; Nicole Pratt bt Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3, 6-2; Meghann Shaughnessy bt Yuliana Fedak 6-3, 6-0; Alina Jidkova bt Alyona Bondarenko 6-2, 6-0; Jill Craybas bt Virginie Razzano, France, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. — AP

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