- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

From combined dispatches

HOUSTON | Lleyton Hewitt of Australia held on to win his first tournament in two years Sunday with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Wayne Odesnik of the United States in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.

Hewitt won his 498th career match and moved closer to joining Roger Federer and Carlos Moya as the only active players with 500 or more victories. Hewitt also won his first clay court tournament since he took the Delray Beach tournament in 1999.

Hewitt ranks 35th on the career victories list.

He sailed to a 3-0 lead in the second set without much opposition from Odesnik, making his first ATP final. Odesnik had at least one service break in each of his 10 service games and made his only rally by breaking Hewitt in the fourth game of the second set, then withstanding five break points to hold his serve in the fifth game.

Odesnik broke Hewitt two more times for a 5-3 lead in the second set. Then his serving problems returned, and he was broken after three break points in the ninth game and again in the 11th game. Hewitt won on the first match point on Odesnik's forehand error.

Robredo, Wawrinka prevail

MONACO | Eleventh-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain and 13th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland advanced to the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters in straight sets.

Robredo beat Rainer Schuettler of Germany 6-1, 6-4, and Wawrinka defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-2, 6-3.

Schuettler, the 2004 runner-up, won only 16 points in the first set and lost his serve five times.

Robredo next plays either Juan Monaco or Jeremy Chardy, while Wawrinka will face Igor Andreev or Martin Vassallo Arguello.

Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany and Simone Bolelli of Italy also won. Kohlschreiber beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-1, 6-3 to set up a second-round match against seventh-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

“It's a very good start for the clay court season,” Kohlschreiber said. “Overall I have to say I did everything right. I played a good match today.”

Unseeded Ferrero wins

CASABLANCA, Morocco | Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain beat fifth-seeded Florent Serra of France 6-4, 7-5 to win his first title since 2003 at the Grand Prix Hassan II.

Ferrero, who was unseeded at the clay-court event, broke Serra six times to win for the first time since the Madrid Masters in October 2003. That year, Ferrero won his only Grand Slam title at the French Open and lost in the U.S. Open final to Andy Roddick.

Ferrero now owns 12 career titles.

Jankovic beats Navarro

MARBELLA, Spain | Jelena Jankovic beat Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets to win the women's Andalucia Tennis Experience.

The 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory gave the former world No. 1, the second seed at the inaugural tournament, her first title this season and 10th of her career.

Wozniacki's speed pays

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. | Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki defeated Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-2 to win the MPS Group Championships.

Wozniacki, from Denmark, won 84 percent of her first serve points in the WTA Tour clay-court season opener and took advantage of several mistakes.

Wozniak never mounted a charge and down 3-1 in the first set double-faulted away two games.

Each player held serve in the second until Wozniacki broke her opponent at 3-2. Wozniak, who committed 31 unforced errors, won only three points the last two games in a match that lasted only 63 minutes.

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