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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 11, 2010

Querrey, Chela in U.S. Clay final

Associated Press

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Sam Querrey

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HOUSTON Sam Querrey took special pleasure in beating fellow American Wayne Odesnik to reach the finals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships yesterday.

Querrey overcame an inconsistent serve for a 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-5 victory and then resumed his criticism of Odesnik, who pleaded guilty on March 26 of taking vials of human growth hormone into Australia.

After the match, Querrey said Odesnik should make amends with tennis.

"I think you have to wait and find the verdict at the end of it all," Querrey said. "Yeah, he should apologize."

Odesnik referred all questions about his case to his attorney.

Querrey will go for his second title this year today against Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela, who beat sixth seeded countryman Horacio Zeballos, 7-5, 6-2.

Chela will play in his first final since March 2007 in Acapulco when he beat Carlos Moya.

Querrey has been among the more vocal critics of Odesnik, who has denied taking the banned substance and is playing while his case is being investigated by the International Tennis Federation. Odesnik was fined $7,000 in an Australian court and could face a suspension.


Andalucia Open: Second-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy will play Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in today's final at Marbella, Spain. Pennetta routed Sara Errani of Italy, 6-1, 6-1, and eighth-seeded Suarez Navarro beat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Grand Prix Hassan II: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland will play Victor Hanescu of Romania in today's final at Casablanca, Morocco. The top-seeded Wawrinka edged Potito Starace of Italy, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, while Hanescu beat Florent Serra of France, 6-4, 6-1.

MPS Group Championships: Top seed and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki rallied past fourth-seeded Elena Vesnina, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, in the semifinals of the MPS Group Championships at Ponte Vedra, Fla. Wozniacki will face Olga Govortsova, who beat third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, 6-4, 7-5.