Andy Roddick finally won his first match of the summer, advancing to the second round of the ATP Winston-Salem Open on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
Local boy John Isner, seeded fourth, also won his opening match in the last event before the start of the US Open, which begins on Monday.
The Wimbledon marathon man defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in a 17-ace performance.
Top seed Roddick, who missed more than a month after an early Wimbledon exit with an abdominal muscle pull, finally got a win after losing in his only other start in the Cincinnati first round last week to Philipp Kohlschreiber.
The American, short of match play and trying to rescue a desperate year in which he fell from the top 10, managed 11 aces and never faced a break point against his French opponent.
“It’s tough coming off an injury; you tend to over-play and over-compensate,” the former world No. 1 and 2003 US Open champion said. “I’ve been trying to get my legs back during training this week.”
“I served well and tried not to give anything away. I think I did that OK tonight. You have to learn to crawl before you walk,” he said.
Third seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine beat Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 6-4. American Ryan Harrison, twice a hard-court semi-finalist this summer, was defeated by world No. 323 Pierre-Ludovic Duclos of Canada 7-5, 7-5 after taking the place of sixth seed Kevin Anderson, who is out with food poisoning.
Fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko was far from pleased with his form even after beating American qualifier Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2.
The 30-year-old, who has slid to 39th in the world from a high of world No. 3, claimed his 21st career title last May in Munich, but had not managed to make it into the third round of a tournament since.
“It was pretty tough,” said the Russian, who committed four double faults and failed to serve an ace. “We are preparing for the US Open and it’s a nervous time.”
“I need confidence, I was just fighting for every point. I ran and my legs felt good, but I was only pushing the ball. I had too many mistakes,” he added.
Dutch 10th seed Robin Haase, a winner on clay this month in Kitzbuehel, opened his hard-court campaign at the last possible moment, but produced an easy 6-4, 6-1 win over American James Blake.
Belgian Steve Darcis mounted a second-round comeback to turn the tables on 11th seed Dmitry Tursunov 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Argentine seventh seed Juan Monaco beat Germany’s Tobias Kamke.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori upset Spanish second seed Pablo Andujar 7-6 (7/3), 6-2. Finn Jarkko Nieminen, 13th, beat Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017