OPEN DE NICE
Bernard Tomic advances
Fifth-seeded Bernard Tomic beat Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-3 on Tuesday to reach the second round. The Australian broke Lacko’s serve twice in each set to set up a second-round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan, who eased past big-serving Sam Querrey 6-2, 7-5. Seventh-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan also advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-1 win over Alejandro Falla of Colombia and next plays Nikolay Davydenko after the Russian defeated Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-3, 6-3. Also, Xavier Malisse of Belgium beat Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 7-5, 6-4, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria defeated Dudi Sela of Israel, 7-5, 6-1, and Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Benoit Paire 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) in an all-French match.
Schiavone beats Cadantu
Second-seeded Francesca Schiavone eased into the second round after beating Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday, while three other seeded players lost. The former French Open champion broke Cadantu’s serve six times and next plays qualifier Mirjana Lucic of Croatia, who rallied to beat Britain’s Anne Keothavong 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. Third-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia, No. 5 Mona Barthel of Germany and No. 6 Marina Erakovic of New Zealand all went out. Kirilenko retired at the start of the third set against Sloane Stephens of the US with the score 3-6, 7-5, Barthel lost 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) to Russia’s Alexandra Panova and Erakovic was thrashed 6-1, 6-3 by Japan’s Ayumi Morita. Lucie Hradecka, Virginie Razzano, Johanna Larsson and Timea Babos also advanced.
TEAM WORLD CUP
US drop two straight
The US fell to their second straight defeat at the event in Dusseldorf on Tuesday, while Serbia posted their second victory in two matches. The Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek both won their singles in straight sets against the US. Berdych fired 12 aces in defeating Andy Roddick 6-1, 6-2 and Stepanek routed James Blake 6-2, 6-1. Serbia also took an unassailable 2-0 lead over Russia. Viktor Troicki lost only seven points on serve as he raced to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Dmitry Tursunov. Janko Tipsarevic secured Serbia’s victory by defeating Alex Bogomolov Jr 6-1, 6-3. Russia fell to 0-2. Defending champions Germany made a winning start to their second Blue Group match as Florian Mayer dismissed Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-1, 6-1. Argentina took a 1-0 lead over Japan in a Red Group match when Leonardo Mayer defeated Japan’s Tatsuma Ito 6-4, 6-4.
Injured Nishikori pulls out
Kei Nishikori of Japan has pulled out of the upcoming tourney after failing to recover from an abdominal injury. The 18th-ranked Nishikori picked up the injury playing against Fernando Verdasco in the Barcelona Open quarter-finals last month and he has not played since. Organizers said on Tuesday that he would be replaced in the draw by Slovakia’s Karol Beck.
Clijsters done after tourney
Kim Clijsters says this year’s US Open will be her last tournament before retiring. The former No. 1 had already announced that this would be her final season and said on Tuesday that she means to quit after Flushing Meadows, where she is a three-time champion. Clijsters said at a news conference that “I will end my career at the US Open.” The Belgian star said Flushing Meadows “is where I enjoyed my greatest triumphs and it is a very special place for me.”