Chela beats Massu, reaches semifinals

Updated: March 1, 2007, 9:15 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


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