Carlsen eliminated from Keegan C'ship

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark was eliminated by Robin Soderling of Sweden in the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

Carlsen eliminated from Keegan C'ship

Memphis: Defending champion Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark was eliminated by Robin Soderling of Sweden 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.Soderling beat 2005 runner-up Max Mirnyi of Belarus in the first round. "I think I played a great match,'' Soderling said. "(Carlsen) was serving well, and I had some big problems with his first serve. I won more points from the baseline.''Soderling will face Andy Murray of Britain in the quarterfinals. Murray defeated lucky loser Rik De Voest of South Africa 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5."I'd seen him play a couple of times and he's a good player,'' Murray said of De Voest. It marks the second straight week Murray and Soderling will face each other in a quarterfinals. Murray defeated Soderling last week en route to winning in San Jose. 18-year-old Murray will become the highest ranked Brit in the new list on Monday, surpassing Tim Henman (No. 40) and Greg Rusedski (No. 43).Malisse eliminatedFrench qualifier Julien Benneteau ousted eighth-seeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium 7-6 (4), 6-4 and will meet top-seeded Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals.Benneteau lost to Roddick in his only previous ATP event this year, at the Australian Open, in the third round.Sixth-seeded Tommy Haas, who won his first career title here in 1999 and his eighth and last in Delray Beach, Florida this month, defeated Vince Spadea of the United States 7-6 (1), 6-1.Next up for the German was Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, who defeated Cyril Saulnier of France 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-3.Kristof Vliegen of Belgium, who reached the final eight in San Jose last week, defeated Paul Goldstein of the United States 6-1, 6-4. He will face first-time quarterfinalist Paul Capdeville, a qualifier from Chile. In women's matches, sixth-seeded Marta Domachowska of Poland defeated fourth-seeded Laura Granville of the United States 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals, where she will face Jill Craybas.Craybas beat Lilia Osterloh 6-4, 6-1 in an all-American quarterfinal.Seventh-seeded Amy Frazier, the oldest player in the draw at 33, defeated 21-year-old Shenay Perry 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in another all-American match. (AP)

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