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Newz Forum: OTHER: TENNIS: Llodra upsets Coria to win Ordina Open

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posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 10:21 AM
DEN BOSCH, Netherlands (AP) - French Open finalist Guillermo Coria lost the championship match of the Ordina Open on Sunday, beaten by wild card Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-4 for the Frenchman's first title in his five-year career.

Llodra, who has had more success as a doubles player, defeated the top-seeded Argentine in this grass-court tuneup for Wimbledon, which begins Monday.

Llodra played an aggressive serve-and-volley game. He appeared more comfortable at the net and with the uneven bounces. Coria, who lost to countryman Gaston Gaudio in this month's clay-court French final, had never won on grass courts before this week.

Llodra, a left-hander, had appeared in an ATP final only once before, in Adelaide, Australia, in January. He had lost to Coria in their only two previous meetings.

At Wimbledon, Llodra opens against Cyril Saulnier of France and Coria plays Wesley Moodie of South Africa.

Coria broke Llodra for 2-1 in the first set but the Frenchman broke back immediately and again in the sixth game.

Coria double-faulted twice and dropped the first game of the second set. Changing tactics, the Argentine moved to the net and sharpened his ground strokes. He broke Llodra in the fourth game to make it 2-2. But Coria made crucial errors in the ninth game, hitting a shot wide to give Llodra a 5-4 lead. The Frenchman served out the match and earned $62,500 for the title.

On Saturday, Mary Pierce of France won the women's championship, beating Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6), 6-2.


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