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Roddick limps out in Shanghai

REUTERS , SHANGHAI

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia hits a forehand return to John Isner of the US during first round action at the Shanghai ATP Masters yesterday. Hewitt defeated Isner 6-2, 6-4.

PHOTO: AFP

Andy Roddick’s body finally gave up on him when he limped out of the Shanghai Masters after retiring in the first set of his match against Stanislas Wawrinka yesterday.

The fourth seed, who launched a scathing attack on the gruelling tour schedule on Monday, was 4-3 up and looking to convert a break point when he pulled up short chasing a Wawrinka backhand.

The American, who retired with a injured shoulder in his only previous tour clash with the Swiss, also lost the first match of his title defense in Beijing last week.

On Monday, he called for the ATP to allow the top players a break in the season or risk curtailing the careers of top players.

Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt cut big-serving American John Isner down to size with a 6-2, 6-4 victory in the first round of the US$3.24 million event.

Now 23 in the world after sliding outside the top 100 following hip surgery, Hewitt came up with some fine returns to disarm the Floridian.

Hewitt will play Gael Monfils after the 11th seed crushed fellow Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-2 in 54 minutes.

Sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko was the first man to reach the third round when he beat fellow Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-2.

Davydenko reached the final of the last version of the Masters Cup tour championship here last year and is in the running for one of the three spots still up for grabs at the new season finale in London.

Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez, currently in the eighth and final spot in the race to the World Tour Finals, will play Davydenko in the last 16 after beating Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-4.

Swede Robin Soderling is another in the hunt for a place in London and the ninth seed helped his cause with a 6-3, 6-4 first-round win over Romanian Victor Hanescu.

■JAPAN OPEN

AFP, OSAKA, JAPAN

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark launched her campaign in style by beating Japan’s Ayumi Morita in the first round of the Japan Open women’s tennis tournament yesterday.

The 19-year-old Dane saved two out of two break points while she won perfect three out of three break chances to score a 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Former champion Jill Craybas of the US, whose only WTA title came in the 2002 Japan Open, edged past four-time champion Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Marion Bartoli of France, the second seed and 2006 champion, outclassed Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 7-5.

In other action, Taiwan’s Chang Kai-chen, who shocked then world No. 1 Dinara Safina of Russia in Tokyo two weeks ago, defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 7-5, 6-1.

Compatriot Chan Yung-jan also reached the second round by crushing Carly Gullickson of the US 6-1, 6-1.

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