• Sela, Odesnik advance in Houston

    4/6/10 6:29 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Sela, Odesnik advance in Houston Dudi Sela and 2009 finalist Wayne Odesnik moved through to the second round of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship on Monday. Each player won his respective first-round match in straight sets.

    Dudi Sela def. Jesse Levine 6-4, 7-6(6)

    Dudi Sela extended his series advantage to 2-0 over Jesse Levine late Monday, dismissing the American in one hour and 46 minutes. Sela missed the chance to complete the first set as he served 5-3, gifting a double fault to Levine. He immediately broke back to end the set in 39 minutes. A second set contained a host of lead changes, with Sela trailing by a break at 4-5 and 5-6. Twice the 25-year-old recovered the break, pushing the set into a tie-break. After saving set point at 5-6, Sela captured three consecutive points to finish the breaker, 8-6.

    Sela will take on the Zeballos-Dent winner for a place in the round of 16.

    Wayne Odesnik def. (WC) Jerzy Janowicz 6-3, 6-4

    Houston finalist Wayne Odesnik made a successful start Monday afternoon, knocking out 19-year-old wildcard Jerzy Janowicz in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The 24-year-old held nine of 10 service games en route to a one-hour and 45-minute victory. Odesnik led 3-1 in the opening set, the continued to reach 5-1 in the second. The American faltered serving for the match at 5-2, but closed on his second attempt.

    Odesnik moves on to face either Mikhail Kukushkin or eighth-seeded compatriot Michael Russell in the second round.

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