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Tennis: Den Bosch to Feature All Czech Women's Final


There will be an all-Czech ladies' final Saturday at the Ordina Open in the Netherlands, after Klara Koukalova and Lucie Safarova won their semifinals on Friday.

Koukalova made the final for the second year in a row with a straight-set win over American Meghann Shaughnessy (6-1, 7-5). Safarova defeated Argentine Gisela Dulko, also in straight sets (6-3, 6-3).

In men's play, Australian veteran Mark Philippoussis reached the semifinals by beating Italian Davide Sanguinetti in two sets that ended in tiebreakers (7-6, 7-6).

The Aussie has not put two wins together since last year's Wimbledon tournament, and faces defending champion Michael Llodra of France, who ousted Lars Burgsmuller of Germany in three sets (6-2, 6-7, 6-3).

Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic reached the men's semifinals by beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber (7-6, 6-2). Hernych plays third-seed Mario Ancic of Croatia a three-set winner over Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden (6-1, 3-6, 6-3).

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova of the United States lost her bid for a doubles title in Den Bosch. The 48-year-old Navratilova and her partner Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany lost to Russian Dinara Safina and Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain, 6-4, 6-3.

The grass court tournament is a key warm-up for the Wimbledon Championships, which start Monday in London.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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