The good news is Juan Martin Del Potro says his wrist is 100% healthy. The bad news – if you can even call it that – is that in first match back he lost earlier today to Olivier Rochus 7-6(7), 6-4 in the first round at Bangkok. ADHEREL
“The most important thing for today is my wrist – and it’s perfect. I hope to play five or six more tournaments between now and the end of the season,” said Del Potro who crushed 16 aces in his first pro tennis match since January 24. “It was a great moment for me being with the fans on centre court playing a match again. I felt very happy. I lost today but I have good things to take for the future.”
And indeed, it is good news for the tennis world.
Delpo’s “five or six” tournament run continues next week in Tokyo.
With Delpo out might Ernests Gulbis be the lone guy left to derail an almost-certain Rafael Nadal title on Sunday? The Latvian will play Rainer Schuettler in the second round tomorrow with an eye toward meeting the Spaniard on Saturday.
In Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, David Ferrer battles Bernard Tomic in maybe the most interesting men’s match of the day. Also in action are Mikhail Youhzny, Marcos Baghdatis and Nikolay Davydenko.
The upsets continued at the WTA stop in Tokyo Tuesday. No. 4 seed Sam Stosur was stunned by Julia Georges and Sveta Kuznetsova was eliminated by Andrea Petkovic. Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic also lost to Marion Bartoli.
Among the winners were Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva, Elena Dementieva and Victoria Azarenka. Tomorrow, Wozniacki plays Pavlychenkova, Azarenka gets Bartoli, Dementieva duels with Pennetta and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone meets the now-40 Kimiko Date Krumm.
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