Halep battles injury in winning start to seasonArchive
SYDNEY: World number two Simona Halep battled an Achilles injury as she overcame France’s Caroline Garcia in three sets at the Sydney International on Tuesday.
The Romanian, who was set to make her 2016 debut at last week’s Brisbane International only to pull out with the Achilles injury, downed Garcia 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
Results (x denotes seed):
First round: Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG x7) 6-4, 6-3; Nicolas Mahut (FRA) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-4, 7-5; Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR x8) bt Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 6-1, 6-4; Jeremy Chardy (FRA x6) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-2, 6-3; Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Borna Coric (CRO) 6-1, 6-4; James Duckworth (AUS) bt Inigo Cervantes-Huegun (ESP) 6-3, 6-2; Federico Delbonis (ARG) bt Sam Groth (AUS) 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5).
Second round: Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x4) walkover (illness); Monica Puig (PUR) bt Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-1, 6-0; Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) bt Sabine Lisicki (GER) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2; Sara Errani (ITA) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (10/8); Belinda Bencic (SUI x8) bt Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 6-3, 6-3; Karolina Pliskova (CZE x5) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-3, 6-0; Samantha Stosur (AUS) bt Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-4, 6-2; Simona Halep (ROM x1) bt Caroline Garcia (FRA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.
BOUCHARD STRUGGLES TO REACH QUARTERS
HOBART: Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard struggled for form but managed to win through to the quarter-finals of the Hobart International on Tuesday.
The former world number five, whose ranking has dipped to 47 after a fall at the US Open scuppered the end of her 2015 season, fought through to down Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4, 7-5.
Second round: Camila Giorgi (ITA x2) bt Nao Hibino (JPN) 6-2, 6-3; Johanna Larsson (SWE) bt Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) bt Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-4, 7-5; Alize Cornet (FRA x7) bt Veronica Cepede (PAR) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
JET-LAGGED LOPEZ BEATS INJURED SIMON
MELBOURNE: Spain’s Feliciano Lopez fought off jet lag to open the Kooyong Classic with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 11-9 comeback win over an injury-hampered Gilles Simon on Tuesday.
Despite Simon’s abdominal injury, Lopez had to save four match points before prevailing against the world number 15 from France.
First round: Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 11-9 (match tiebreak); Hyeon Chung (KOR) bt Omar Jasika (AUS) 6-4, 6-3; Nicolas Almagro (ESP) bt Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 7-5, 6-3.
VESELY OUT OF AUCKLAND CLASSIC
AUCKLAND: Jiri Vesely’s hopes of defending his Auckland Classic title disappeared in the first round on Tuesday when he was bundled out in straight sets by eighth-seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.
First round: Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) bt Benjamin Becker (GER) 7-6 (10/8), 6-3; Fabio Fognini (ITA x6) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/3); Sam Querrey (USA) bt Aljaz Bedene (GBR) 6-7 (7/5), 7-6 (12/10), 2-1 (retired); Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x8) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-3, 7-5; Benoit Paire (FRA x5) bt Michael Venus (NZL) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4); Lukas Rosol (CZE) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.
Published in Dawn, January 13th, 2016