Reviving a career plagued by injuries, Petr Korda upset U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter on Saturday to set up a clash with big-serving Richard Krajicek in today's final of the Eurocard Open.
Korda won, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), as his fluid game proved too steady for the more erratic Rafter. Krajicek, the 1996 Wimbledon champion, overcame Jonas Bjorkman, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Rafter, No. 3 in the world, would have moved up to No. 2 had he won the $2.05 million tournament.
Korda had beaten Rafter twice in their previous three encounters, although the Australian had won the last match, in the semifinals of the Grand Slam Cup last month.
"He likes to play me," Rafter said. "He returns well and I don't read his style well."
Korda, ranked 17th and seeded 15th, quickly established control when he broke Rafter in the second game. Rafter never looked at ease against the left-handed Czech, who can play on all surfaces and has a wicked backhand passing shot.
Raymond upset in semis
QUEBEC CITY -- Dominique Van Roost of Belgium used a barrage of powerful baseline drives to beat American Lisa Raymond, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, to set up a finals showdown against top-seed Brenda Schultz-McCarthy of the Netherlands at the $164,250 Bell Challenge.
Schultz-McCarthy, ranked 19th, had a relatively easy time beating fifth-seeded Chanda Rubin of the United States, 6-2 6-4.
Coetzer, Paulus advance
LUXEMBOURG -- Top-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa struggled against Slovak qualifier Katarina Studenikova, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, before claiming a spot in the final of the Luxembourg Open against Barbara Paulus.
Austria's Paulus, the No. 5 seed in the $164,250 WTA event, defeated France's Anne-Gaelle Sidot, 6-3, 6-4.