DECATUR — The top two seeds were knocked out of the Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic singles main draw on Friday, as was the last University of Illinois player in the field.
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No. 1 seed Skander Mansouri lost to unseeded Hady Habib, a Lebanese player who plays in college at Texas A&M, 6-4, 6-2. No. 2 seed Liam Caruana nearly survived, but lost the tiebreaking set to University of Texas player Christian Langmo 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (1).
Illinois' Aleks Kovacevic lost to seventh-seeded Santiago Fa Taverna Rodriguez 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Rodriguez, from Argetina, will face Langmo in Saturday's second semifinal. Habib will play third-seeded Jenson Brooksby of Baylor — the highest-seeded player remaining — in the first semifinal beginning at 10 a.m. Brooksby beat Axel Geller 6-2, 6-3. Neither he nor Geller have lost a set in the tournament.
In doubles main draw play, two unseeded teams advanced to Saturday's finals. Geller and Juan Carlos Manuel Aguilar beat second-seeded Kovacevic and Alfredo Perez; and Alan Kohen and Rodriguez advanced to the finals in a walk-over against top-seeded Mansouri and Anderson Reed.