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Chela beats Massu, reaches semifinals

3/1/2007 - Tennis

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Fourth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela
advanced to the semifinals of the Mexican Open on Thursday, beating
sixth-seeded Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-5.

Chela will face Argentine countryman Agustin Calleri, a 6-3, 6-4
winner over Jose Acasuso, in the semifinals.

In the other quarterfinals Thursday night, top-seeded Juan
Carlos Ferrero faced fifth-seeded Gaston Gaudio, and third-seeded
Nicolas Almagro was set to play eighth-seeded Carlos Moya.

In women's play, fifth-seeded Flavia Penetta -- the 2005 winner
and 2006 runner-up -- beat Alize Cortne 7-5, 6-4 to set up a
semifinal match against the winner of the late match between
second-seeded Tathiana Garbin and Sara Errani.

Emilie Loit also advanced, beating sixth-seeded Gisela Dulko
5-7, 6-4, 6-1. Loit will face the winner of the late match between
Julia Schruff and Melissa Torres.