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Hewitt through to rare clay-court final

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  • Lleyton Hewitt reaches his first clay-court final in 10 years in Houston, Texas
  • The veteran Australian will now play American Wayne Odesnik to win the title
  • Second seed Jelena Jankovic wins the WTA tournament in Andalucia, Spain
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(CNN) -- Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt is through to his first clay-court final in 10 years after a straight sets victory over Russian Evgeny Korolev at the US Men's Clay Court tournament in Houston, Texas.

Hewitt is bidding to win his first-clay title since victory at Delray Beach in 1999.

Hewitt is bidding to win his first-clay title since victory at Delray Beach in 1999.

The veteran Australian, who is slowly recovering following hip surgery last year, will now meet American Wayne Odesnik in the final after a 7-6 6-4 victory.

Odesnik secured his place with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Bjorn Phau of Germany.

Hewitt, who has not won a clay-court title since lifting the Delray Beach crown in 1999, now has 498 ATP career victories, with only Roger Federer and Carlos Moya reaching the 500-mark from current players.

Odesnik is trying to become the first American to win a clay-court event since 2006 when Mardy Fish won this title.

Meanwhile, in WTA action, Serbian second seed Jelena Jankovic beat Spain's Carla Suarez 6-3 3-6 6-3 to win the Andalucia Tennis Experience claycourt event in Spain.

There was a surprise in the clay-court tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach when fifth-seeded Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak upset top-seeded Russian Nadia Petrova 6-4 4-6 6-2 in the first semifinal.

Wozniak will face second-seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who beat Russia's Elena Vesnina 2-6 6-3 7-6 in the second semifinal.

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