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

Updated: June 18, 2007, 3:13 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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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.


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