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.
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.