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Tennis: WTA Katowice Open results

Results from the fourth day of the WTA Katowice Open on Thursday (x denotes seeding): 2nd rd Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x1) bt Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-4, 6-3 Alize Cornet (FRA x4) bt Kristina Kucova (SVK) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Yvonne Meusburger (AUT x6) bt Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 6-2, 6-3 Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK x7) bt Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 6-2, 6-0 afp

Tennis: Germany's Brown ousts top seed Isner in Houston

Germany's Dustin Brown upset top seeded American John Isner in three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the US men's clay court championships on Wednesday. The world number 101 Brown outlasted the hard-hitting defending champ Isner 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (7/4) on the clay courts at the River Oaks Country Club. Isner forced a deciding set by winning an extended tiebreaker in the second, but Brown rebounded to claim the final tiebreak. It was his first-ever victory over a top-10 opponent. Isner, who is ranked ninth in the world, beat Nicolas Almargo in the 2013 final.

Tennis: US Clay Court Championship results

Results from the ATP Tour's US Clay Court Championship on Wednesday (x denotes seeding) 2d rd Sam Querrey (USA) bt Lleyton Hewitt (AUS x7) 6-3, 6-4 Dustin Brown (GER) bt John Isner (USA x1) 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 7-6 (7/4) 1st rd Juan Monaco (ARG x6) bt Somdev Devvarman (IND) 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 Santiago Giraldo (COL) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 6-1, 6-2 afp

Tennis: Bogota WTA results -- 2nd update

Results from the third day of the WTA tournament in Bogota on Wednesday (x denotes seeding): 2nd rd Vania King (USA x6) bt María Irigoyen (ARG) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) bt Alexandra Panova (RUS) 6-3, 6-2 Lourdes Domínguez (ESP x8) bt Yuliana Lizarazo (COL) 6-2, 6-3 1st round Jelena Jankovic (SRB x1) bt Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 7-5, 7-5 afp

Tennis: Bogota WTA results -- 2nd update

Results from the third day of the WTA tournament in Bogota on Wednesday (x denotes seeding): 2nd rd Vania King (USA x6) bt María Irigoyen (ARG) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) bt Alexandra Panova (RUS) 6-3, 6-2 Lourdes Domínguez (ESP x8) bt Yuliana Lizarazo (COL) 6-2, 6-3 1st round Jelena Jankovic (SRB x1) bt Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 7-5, 7-5 afp

Federer to play Monte Carlo

Paris, Apr 9 (EFE).- Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has decided to kick off his French Open preparations early this year, accepting a wild-card invitation to play next week's clay-court event in Monte Carlo, tournament organizers said Wednesday. The world No. 4 has not played the Monte Carlo Masters since 2011 and had not initially signed up for this year's tournament, which is the only one of the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events that players can skip without ranking ramifications.

Tennis: Stephens to lead US Fed Cup team against France

World number 18 Sloane Stephens will lead the United States when they host France in a Fed Cup World Group playoff in St. Louis, Missouri, this month. The US Tennis Association and Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez announced the US squad for the April 19-20 tie on Wednesday, with Sloane heading a team that also includes Madison Keys, Varvara Lepchenko and Christina McHale. Keys is ranked 42nd in the world, Lepchenko 49th and McHale 57th. The best-of-five match series will be played at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University.

Tennis: Veteran Hewitt eases past Polansky

Aussie veteran Lleyton Hewitt continues to turn back the clock in 2014 by toppling Canadian Peter Polansky in three sets Tuesday in the first round of the US men's clay court championships. The 33-year-old Australian No. 1 has enjoyed a resurgence this year on the ATP Tour as he defeated 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer to win the Brisbane, Queensland tournament. Hewitt, of Adelaide, beat the 25-year-old qualifier Polansky 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 despite making 12 double faults in the two-hour, four-minute match.

Tennis: Federer back in Monte Carlo

Roger Federer, fresh from helping Switzerland into the Davis Cup semi-finals, has accepted a late invitation to play in the Monte Carlo Masters, organisers announced on Tuesday. The Swiss star had originally left Monte Carlo off his 2014 agenda but his return to form after a poor season last year has persuaded him to return to the Principality after a two-year absence. The 17-time Grand Slam winner put Switzerland into the Davis Cup semi-finals on Sunday when he beat Andrey Golubev 7-6 (7/6), 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the deciding point in his country's 3-2 win over Kazakhstan.

Tennis: Grand Prix Hassan II ATP results

Results from the second day of the ATP's Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca on Tuesday (x denotes seeding) 1st rd Filip Peliwo (CAN) bt Filippo Volandri (ITA) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 Roberto Carballes (ESP) bt David Goffin (BEL) 6-2, 7-5 afp
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