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Hewitt, Safin will be Bombay boys

The $416,000 Kingfisher Airlines Mumbai ATP Open tennis tournament will feature Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin.

sports Updated: Aug 23, 2007 01:30 IST

As reported by the Hindustan Times, the $416,000 Kingfisher Airlines Mumbai ATP Open tennis tournament will feature Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin.

Former Wimbledon and US Open champion Hewitt, ranked 16th in the World, and Safin, also a former world number one and winner of the Australian and US Open events will be joined by Marcos Baghdatis, the world no 18, and world no 13 Richard Gasquet in the September 24-30 tournament that will be held at the Cricket Club of India here.

Cypriot Baghdatis had finished runner-up in last year's Australian Open.

The 26-year-old Hewitt, with 26 career singles titles, had finished in the top 20 rankings for the seventh year in a row last year while the 27-year-old Safin finished in the top 30 for the seventh time in the last eight years in 2006.

“Last time we had raw talent but this time we have colourful players,” said tournament director Gaurav Natekar of Globosport at a media conference late on Tuesday night.

Blake beats Clement

New York: Utilising the one-day break in her rain-interrupted opening round match to regroup herself, Sania Mirza rallied to post a facile win over Spain's Anabel Medina Gerrigues at the $600,000 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament at New Haven, USA.

The 28th ranked Indian, who was trailing 0-1 in the first set on Monday when the play was postponed due to rain, defeated Medina, ranked 33rd, 6-3, 6-3 at the Grandstand to advance to the second round.

Meanwhile, third seed James Blake made a successful start to his quest to reclaim his hometown title, defeating Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-2 in second round men's action.

On a rainy Tuesday, the 2005 New Haven champion improved his perfect lifetime record against Clement to 7-0 as he broke the Frenchman six times during the hour and 15-minute match.

In the only other match to be completed Tuesday, up-and-coming American John Isner needed to sit out a 24-hour rain delay to make his New Haven debut, but wasted no time in recording the 6-3, 6-4 win over another rising star Benjamin Becker.