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Sanchez Vicario loses at Rexona Cup

May 1, 1997

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ Defending champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario continued her 1997 slide Wednesday, falling to Petra Langrova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3 at the $450,000 Rexona Cup.

The second-round loss by the top-seeded Sanchez Vicario was her earliest exit since being bounced in the second round of a tournament in Sydney, Australia, in January. The Spaniard, ranked No. 1 nearly two years ago but now No. 5, has yet to reach a final in 1997.

Her last title came on these red clay courts a year ago. She hasn’t been in a final since Tokyo last fall.

Against Langrova, Sanchez Vicario made numerous errors.

``I was just not concentrated out there,″ Sanchez Vicario said.

Two other seeds were upset Wednesday _ No. 5 Brenda Schultz McCarthy of the Netherlands and No. 8 Sandrine Testud of France.

Schultz McCarthy, one of the game’s hardest servers, was routed 6-2, 6-1 by Anne-Gaelle Sidot of France. Testud fell 6-3, 6-1 to Spain’s Maria Sanchez Lorenzo.

No. 2 Conchita Martinez of Spain was the first seed to reach the quarterfinals, downing Germany’s Barbara Rittner 7-5, 6-0.

In other matches, No. 7 Ruxandra Dragomir of Romania defeated Adriana Gersi of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3; Spain’s Magui Serna edged Catalina Cristea of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, and Olga Lugina of Ukraine downed Flora Perfetti of Italy 6-4, 6-1.

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