ACAPULCO, Mexico – Japan’s Shinobu Asagoe sent top-seeded Elena Dementieva crashing out of the Mexican Open after coming from a set down to defeat the Russian 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the second round Wednesday.
In the men’s draw, top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain beat Ricardo Mello of Brazil 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in an upset-filled second round. Second-seeded David Nalbadian and No. 3 Gaston Gaudio, both Argentines, were ousted from the $900,000 event by a pair of compatriots. Mariano Zabaleta beat Nalbadian 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 6-0, and Agustin Calleri took Gaudio 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5).
Meanwhile, Japan No. 1 Ai Sugiyama defeated Evgenia Koulikovskaya of Russia 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the State Farm Women’s Classic in Arizona.
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