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Radwanska beat Francesca Schiavone 6-
4, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the quar-
terfinals of the Bank of the West Clas-
sic.The No 4-ranked Pole beat Schiavone
for the fourth straight time, having lost
their first four matches.
Fifth-seeded Sorana Cirstea beat Amer-
ican Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3 and No
6 Varvara Lepchenko advanced with a 6-
4, 6-4 victory over Austria s Tamira Paszek.
The 32nd-ranked Cirstea, Romania s
second-ranked player, reached the semi-
finals last year. She ll meet unseeded Olga
Govortsova in the quarterfinal. Govortsova
upset second-seeded Samantha Stosur.
"I m happy to be back," Cirstea said. "I
played well here last year and have many
good memories. It s a good start to what
is to come."
The 40th-ranked Lepchenko reached
her second quarterfinal of the season and
will face Radwanska. (AP)
Radwanska into Stanford quarters
UMAG---Second-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy
advanced to the quarterfinals of the Croatia
Open yesterday, after leading Andreas Haider-
Mauer 6-1, 4-0 before the Austrian retired
Haider-Mauer started well, winning the open-
ing game, but then lost 10 games in a row. He
sought medical treatment for a lower back injury
after the first set and then retired in the second.
"I have no idea when his problems started,"
Seppi said. "I tried to focus on my game and did
not notice that anything was wrong with him."
It s Seppi s fourth appearance in the quarter-
finals at Umag in as many years. He improved
his record to 9-3, with his best results being the
semifinals in 2009 and 2010---when he lost both
times to Spain s Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Horacio Zeballos from Argentina also advanced
after rallying to defeat eighth-seeded countryman
Carlos Berlocq 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Berlocq, who had won all but one of the last
nine matches, including his first career title two
weeks ago in Bastad, started off well but made
too many unforced errors in the second and third
set.After winning the second set, Zeballos was up
in 3-0 in the third before Berlocq produced a
rally of his own to reach break point for 3-3.
However, Zeballos saved it, and then cruised to
Seppi, Zeballos move on at Croatia Open
GSTAAD---Roger Federer slumped to a stunning
defeat against No 55 Daniel Brands in the Swiss
Open second round yesterday, his third straight
tournament exit against a low-ranked opponent.
Federer had trouble handling Brands serve and big
forehands on the clay surface in the thin mountain
air. The German right-hander won 6-3, 6-4 in just
The 31-year-old Swiss star has now lost to players
ranked Nos 116, 114 and 55 in the past month at Wim-
bledon; Hamburg, Germany and now in front of his
Federer s own ranking of No 5 is his lowest in a
decade since he started his run of 17 Grand Slam
singles titles at Wimbledon in 2003.
Federer saved a first match point by serving an ace
when trailing 5-3, and a second in the next game with
a forehand winner.
Brands, who took a set off Federer in a second-
round loss at Hamburg, then clinched victory with
a service winner.
Defeat spoiled Federer s return to Gstaad for the
first time since he won the title in 2004---and where
he debuted on the ATP Tour in 1998 as a 17-year-
old ranked No 702.
Federer only came to Gstaad and Hamburg seeking
extra matches after his second-round exit at Wim-
bledon to Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.
After a three-week break, Federer returned in Ham-
burg testing a new, bigger racket yet citing back pains
which limited his movement.
He lost there in the semifinals to left-hander Federico
Delbonis of Argentina.
Brands broke Federer s service to lead 4-2 in the
opening set when he put away a simple overhead shot
at the net.
The 26-year-old German fired down 11 aces in the
match, including two to close out the first set. (AP)
Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his
match against Daniel Brands of Germany, a second
round match at the Suisse Open tennis tournament
in Gstaad, Switzerland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Federer slumps to
Swiss Open loss
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