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Safina in final

MADRID: Teenaged Dane Caroline Wozniacki wore down French veteran Amelie Mauresmo to earn a 7-6(1), 6-3 victory into the final of the Madrid Open on Saturday.

Wozniacki will play World No.1 Dinara Safina who beat Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-2.

Rafael Nadal survived a second-set scare to beat Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 7-5 to set up a meeting with Novak Djokovicwho advanced to the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Croatian wildcard Ivan Ljubicic. Juan Martin del Potro beat Andy Murray 7-6(4), 6-3 to complete the semifinal lineup.

Sania & Chuang lose

Third seeds Kveta Peschke and Lisa Raymond proved too good for Sania Mirza and Chia-Jung Chuang, winning 7-6(4), 6-4 in the women’s doubles semifinals on Friday.

The results: Men: Quarterfinals: Juan Martin del Potro bt Andy Murray 7-6(4), 6-3; Rafael Nadal bt Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 7-5; Novak Djokovic bt Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-4.Women: Semifinals: Dinara Safina bt Patty Schnyder 6-4, 6-2; Caroline Wozniacki bt Amelie Mauresmo 7-6(1), 6-3. Quarterfinals: Dinara Safina bt Alona Bondarenko 6-4, 6-3; Patty Schnyder bt Jelena Jankovic 7-6(6), 6-3. Doubles: Semifinals: Kveta Peschke & Lisa Raymond bt Sania Mirza & Chia-Jung Chuang 7-6(4), 6-4. — Agencies

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