Srichaphan to be Ordained a Monk; Rios Plans 2006 Comeback

Posted on September 28, 2005

Federer, Hewitt Compete Today at ATP Bangkok

No. 3 seed Robby Ginepri survived a scare Tuesday at the ATP stop in Bangkok in a first-time meeting with Danai Udomchoke, dropping the first set before storming back to lose only four more games against the Thai in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win.

"I didn't know a thing about him, I had to feel my way," Ginepri said.

In other seeded action No. 6 Jarkko Nieminen advanced when Karol Kucera retired down 1-6, 1-3 with a shoulder injury, and No. 7 Paradorn Srichaphan defeated Taipei qualifier Ti Chen in straight sets.

"It went very quickly, but it's always better to win in two sets," said Nieminen after the Kucera retirement. "I didn't notice anything wrong with him during the match, but I wanted to make him work hard."

Other winners were Brit-Scot wildcard Andy Murray who eased past Swiss George Bastl in straight sets, and Luxembourg's Gilles Muller who extended Mark Philippoussis' miserable season with a three-set win.

"I played very solid," Murray said. "I don't think he made many mistakes, but I returned really really well today. I think I got at least two points in every one of his service games. He may not have played his best match, but I played really, really well."

On court Wednesday in Bangkok are (Q) Thomann vs. (3) Ginepri, (4) Haas vs. Labadze, Dlouhy vs. (2) Hewitt, (1) Federer vs. Daniel, Gimelstob vs. N.Lapentti, Calatrava vs. Tursunov, and Minar vs. (8) Horna.

Moodie Ousts No. 8 Seed at ATP Ho Chi Minh

Wimbledon doubles champion Wesley Moodie displayed his ever-improving singles game Tuesday at the ATP stop in Ho Chi Minh, ousting No. 8 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 7-6(2).

"It was a pretty good first-round match," Kohlschreiber said. "He played the big points well, that's why he won. I played good, I just didn't have any chances."

Seeded winners on the day were (5) Cyril Saulnier (d. Wessels) and (7) Lars Burgsmuller (d. (Q) Pless in three).

Unseeded players into the second round were American qualifier Cecil Mamiit (d. (WC) Thron), Aussie serving machine Wayne Arthurs (d. Brzezicki in two tiebreaks), and Italian qualifier Uros Vico (d. Tipsarevic from a set down).

On Wednesday's schedule at the Vietnam Open are (WC) P.Amritraj vs. Vanek, (4) Carlsen vs. Bjorkman, H.-T. Lee vs. (3) Stepanek, (1) Puerta vs. (Q) Soeda, Popp vs. (2) T.Johansson, Waske vs. Sluiter, (6) Monaco vs. Tuksar, and a grueling all-German encounter in Schuettler vs. Greul.

Top-Seeded Ferrer Slides Out at ATP Palermo

The ATP claycourt stop in Palermo lost its No. 1, 4 and 7 seeds on Tuesday, with top-seeded Spaniard Dave Ferrer crashing out to Italian wildcard Francesco Aldi, No. 4 tomas Berdych upended by Italian Andreas Seppi, and Spaniard Al Martin downing No. 7 Gael Monfils after losing the first set 6-1.

"I had been waiting for a moment like this for a long, long time," said the 24-year-old Aldi who rode the homecourt support to a 6-2, 6-2 stomping of Ferrer. "To win in front of my family and friends is just amazing and I played my best match ever. I was nervous in the first couple of games but then I settled down and played my own game."

It was the first ATP-level win for Aldi.

Seeded winners on the day were (2) Tommy Robredo (d. Spanish countryman (Q) Portas), (3) Juan Carlos Ferrero (d. Mayer), (5) Fernando Verdasco (d. Zib), and (8) Davide Sanguinetti (d. Serra from a set down).

Unseeded winners into the second round were Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela (d. (Q) Sanchez de Luna), Germans Tomas Behrend (d. Bracciali in three) and qualifier Daniel Elsner (d. (Q) Fognini from a set down), Russian Igor Andreev (d. Almagro in three), Belgian Christophe Rochus (d. D.Sanchez), and Spaniard Al Montanes (d. Calleri, bagel in the second).

On the dirt Wednesday are O.Hernandez vs. (3) Ferrero in an all-Spanish, (WC) Francesco Aldi "Nova" vs. Andreev, (5) Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco vs. Behrend, (6) Volandri vs. Massu, and (Q) Elsner vs. A.Martin.

Top Seed Zvonareva Out at WTA GuangZhou

Top-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva, returning from an ankle injury, made it a short week Tuesday at the WTA stop in GuangZhou with an opening-round exit against China's Ting Li 6-3, 7-5.

The Chinese had plenty extra to cheer about with the successful start of (2) Shuai Peng (d. Dominikovic) and (5) Jie Zheng (d. Gulllickson from a set down), along with fellow seeds (7) Marta Domachowska (d. Ant. Serra Zanetti from a set down) and (8) Martina Sucha (d. (WC) Y.-Z. Xie 1-and-0).

Un-seeds into the second round Tuesday were China's Tiantian Sun (d. Harkleroad, bagel in the third), American Jamea Jackson (d. Kutuzova), Swiss Emmanuelle Gagliardi (d. (LL) Lisjak in three), Belarus qualifier Victoria Azarenka (d. Voskoboeva, bagel in the second), Russian Alina Jidkova (d. (Q) S.Sun), Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja (d. (Q) M.Yuan), and Israel's Tzipora Obziler (d. (Q) J.Lee).

Scheduled for Wednesday are S.Uberoi vs. N.Li, Kirilenko vs. Camerin, Bammer vs. Llagostera Vives, Sucha vs. Azarenko, Z.Yan vs. Y.Chen, and Jackson vs. Zheng.

Hantuchova Advances at WTA Luxembourg

No. 5 seed Daniela Hantuchova (d. Medina Garrigues, bagel in the third) and No. 7 Dinara Safina (d. (WC) Kremer) led the winners Tuesday at the WTA stop in Luxembourg, advancing after opening-round wins.

Unseeded players into the second round were Israel's Anna Smashnova (d. (8) Farina Elia, bagel in the second), France's Virginie Razzano (d. (Q) Kloesel from a set down), and Czechs Kiara Koukalova (d. Benesova in three) and Kveta Peschke (d. Stosur 6-1 in the third).

On tap for Wednesday in Luxembourg is Daniilidou vs. Groenefeld, Razzano vs. Schiavone, Chakvetadze vs. Hantuchova, Clijsters vs. Koukalova, Randriantefy vs. Tu, Krajicek vs. Vinci, and Gajdosova vs. Srebotnik.

Top 2 Jankovic, Vaidisova Win at WTA Seoul

Top seeds Jelena Jankovic (d. Bremond) and Nicole Vaidisova (d. (LL) Laine, bagel in the second) posted straight-set wins Tuesday to advance into the second round at the WTA stop in Seoul.

Other seeded winners Tuesday were (4) Gisela Dulko (d. (Q) Hrdinova) and (5) Ai Sugiyama (d. Craybas from a set down).

American Laura Granville posted the upset of the day, winning from a set down against No. 7 Shahar Peer.

Qualifiers recorded a 2-1 record on the day, with winners Martina Muller (d. Arvidsson from a set down) of Germany and Japan's Saori Obata (d. Vento-Kabchi), and Puerto Rico's Vilmarie Castellvi coming out on the losing end against Colombia's Catalina Castano.

Also into round two was Japan's Akiko Morigami with a three-set win over France's Camille Pin.

On tap for Wednesday in Seoul are Golovin vs. Gallovits, Pratt vs. S.Kim, Jankovic vs. Shaughnessy, and Nakamura vs. Douchevina.

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