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Roddick, Monfils Advance to Final of Tennis Grand Prix of Lyon


Top seed Andy Roddick of the United States and Frenchman Gael Monfils have advanced to the final of the Grand Prix of Lyon indoor tennis tournament in France.

Roddick scored a straight-sets win over Frenchman Fabrice Santoro (6-4, 7-6). Monfils won an all-French semifinal over countryman Sebastien Grosjean (6-4, 7-5).

Roddick and Monfils have never met before on the ATP Tour. The tournament is being played at the Palais des Sports de Lyon, and the winner takes home $116,160.

Meanwhile, Nadia Petrova of Russia and Switzerland's Patty Schnyder have advanced to the finals of the Generali Ladies Open indoor tennis tournament in Linz, Austria.

Petrova, the third seed, defeated Kveta Pechke of the Czech Republic in straight sets (6-3, 6-4). Schnyder, the tournament's fourth-seeded player, defeated eighth-seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and Montenegro (7-5, 6-2).

Both players improved their chances of making next month's season-ending WTA Tour championships in Los Angeles. The Tour Championships are open to the top eight women in the Porsche Sony Race to the Championship season rankings. Schnyder is seventh while Petrova is 10th in those standings.

American Lindsay Davenport, U.S. Open winner Kim Clijsters of Belgium, defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia, and French players Mary Pierce and Amelie Mauresmo have qualified for the event. The singles champion takes home $1 million and a Porsche sport utility vehicle, which is later donated to charity.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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