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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanisevic Aces Way to Kremlin Final

COMBINED REPORTS


Top seeds Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Goran Ivanisevic won their Kremlin Cup semifinals in straight sets Saturday afternoon and will square off for the title Sunday.


Kafelnikov, who moved to No. 3 in the world following his fine showing in Paris last week where he lost in the final against Thomas Enqvist, overcame tough David Prinosil of Germany 7-6, 6-4 to the delight of a near sell-out crowd at Olympiisky Complex.


For Kafelnikov, Saturday was no walk in the park. By the end of the first set, it was a game of nerves, and both he and Prinosil made several double faults. In the second set, he managed to break Prinosil's serve and grab the initiative.


Hard-hitting Ivanisevic, several of whose serves were clocked at 213 kilometers per hour eliminated American Alex O'Brien, 6-4, 7-6.


The tall Croat won the first set with a typical ace and then gave the scrappy American little chance in the second set tiebreaker by hitting another on his second serve to win 7-1.


"I feel good when I hit an ace" said Ivanisevic, ranked fourth on the ATP rankings.


Kafelnikov, who has a dismal head-to-head record against Ivanisevic, said that he is not looking forward to the final.


"He has been a difficult opponent for me since we first met" said the top seed.


"When your opponent hits 20 to 30 aces, it's almost like going into the match one set down."


Stockholm Open. Second-seeded Todd Martin advanced to his first Stockholm Open final when Magnus Norman defaulted in their semifinal Saturday because of an ankle injury.


Martin, ranked 12th in the world, led 6-3, 3-0 when Norman conceded the match.


Norman, a Swedish wild-card entry, twisted his right ankle during Friday's quarterfinals against American Vince Spadea.


Martin will play the winner between defending champion Thomas Enqvist and Thomas Johansson in Sunday's final.


Bank of the West Classic. Top-seeded Monica Seles stormed back in the second set Friday to defeat the surprisingly stubborn Kimberly Po, but second seed Lindsay Davenport was not so resilient.


Seles trailed 4-2 in the second set but broke fellow-American Po in her last two service games to claim a 6-2, 7-5 victory.


Davenport, the Olympic champion, was ousted by big-serving Brenda Schultz-McCarthy of the Netherlands, 6-2, 6-4.


Seles advanced to the semifinals against Romania's Irina Spirlea, a 6-2 6-4 winner over Russian Elena Likhovtseva.


Schultz-McCarthy will go against Switzerland's Martina Hingis in Saturday's other semifinal. ()