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Thai tennis star wins again


Eric Coleman of the US, left, defends as China's Cao Zhenhua looks for a shot during the second period of their qualifying game on Monday at the World University Games in Bangkok. The US won 88-51.


Danai Udomchoke claimed a week ago that he would feel extra pressure playing in front of his home crowd at the World University Games.

The Asian Games tennis champion and top-seeded player in Bangkok didn't show it, though, rolling to his third straight lopsided singles victory.

Yesterday, he beat Indonesia's Prima Simpatiaji 6-0, 6-1 in 39 minutes in the round of 16.

All of Udomchoke's wins have been in straight sets and with little difficulty. He had only eight unforced errors yesterday to Simpatiaji's 24 and had 14 winners to his opponent's five.

Udomchoke, who received a bye in the first round, has emerged as Thailand's top tennis player while Paradorn Srichaphan -- the first men's player from Asia to achieve a world top-10 ranking -- has been battling a career-threatening wrist injury.

Elsewhere yesterday, the US, represented by the University of Northern Iowa, beat China 88-51 in a men's basketball game.

The US team outscored China 22-6 in the final quarter. Travis Brown led the US with 24 points, while Eric Coleman added 14 and Jordan Egiseder 12.

Canada continued its strong form in women's softball, winning its fourth in a row with a 6-0 victory over Taiwan.

The Canadian team has scored 39 runs and shut out the opposition to finish first in Group A.

The US beat the Czech Republic 3-1 and was to close out its Group B round-robin schedule with the conclusion of a suspended game against Australia later yesterday. South Korea has a 4-0 record in Group B.

In early men's second-round soccer matches, the Czech Republic edged Kazakhstan 2-1, Morocco beat Ireland 1-0 and Brazil beat Kyrgyzstan 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

In women's second-round play, Poland edged Germany 1-0, South Africa beat Taiwan 3-2 and Japan beat Thailand.

On the final day of shooting, Russia's Leonid Ekimov won the 10-meter air pistol to add to his earlier gold medals for the 50m pistol individual and team.

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