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Friday, 25 October, 2002, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Bogdanovic reaches final
Alex Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic was runner-up last year
Alex Bogdanovic will play Jamie Delgado in this year's Hastings Direct National Tennis Championships after both triumphed - in differing styles - in their semi-finals.

Bogdanovic, the Belgrade-born 18-year-old, beat number one seed Martin Lee in straight sets in his semi-final.

His 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 victory was impressive and gives Bogdanovic hope of going one better than his runner-up spot at last year's championships.

It was less easy for Delgado, who had to show spirit to come from behind and beat Bolton-based Jonny Marray 3-6 6-4 7-5.

"He played very well. I knew it would be tough - he had a high percentage of first serves," said Delgado.

"Serve and volley doesn't happen so much nowadays so when you do meet someone who does play like that then it's tough."

Defending women's champion Hannah Collin crashed out of the championships after losing to number three seed Anne Keothavong.

Collin, who was hoping to win a record-breaking third crown in four years, was beaten 6-4 6-4 by her in-form opponent from Surrey in the semi-finals.

The surprise result now means that two new champions will be crowned at this year's tournament.

"It wasn't my best match," admitted Keothavong after her straight-sets victory.

"But I'm happy that I'm through it and playing in my first nationals final."

Wigan's Jane O'Donoghue was beaten 6-2 6-2 by number one seed Julie Pullin in the other semi-final.

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