Querrey aims for third title
Two-time champion Sam Querrey won his opening match in the Farmers Classic, beating Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Querrey, the 2009 and 2010 tournament winner who missed the event last year after undergoing surgery for a right shoulder injury, had nine aces and did not face a break point in the 53-minute match. In the quarter-finals today, the American will face fifth-seeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium or Matthew Ebden of Austria. Earlier, Rajeev Ram beat Chile’s Paul Capdeville 6-3, 6-1 in another second-round match. Ram set up a match against third-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. Mayer had a 6-0, 4-0 lead when Italy’s Flavio Cipolla retired because of a neck injury. Ram won the singles and doubles titles in Newport, Rhode Island, in 2009, beating Querrey in the singles final, and made the semi-finals there this year.
Rain halts Bet-at-Home play
Simone Bolelli of Italy defeated second-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (4) to reach the quarter-finals of the Bet-at-Home Cup on Wednesday. Bolelli will next play Martin Klizan, the fifth-seeded Slovak who defeated countryman Pavol Cervenak 6-4, 6-4. Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic beat Antonio Veic of Croatia 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 to set up a quarter-final against either top-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany or Attila Balazs of Hungary. Balasz led Kohlschreiber 3-0 in the opening set when play was suspended for the day because of rain. In another unfinished second-round match, Wayne Odesnik of the US led Jurgen Zopp of Estonia 5-7, 7-5, 3-0.
Larrazabal leads in Austria
Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal took an early lead on Wednesday in the Austrian Open, on a first day marred by heavy rain that drenched the course in Atzenbrugg and forced officials to suspend play for several hours. Larrazabal, who had raced to six under par in his first 12 holes, held his form after play resumed to finish with an eight-under-par 64 — matching the course record. However, the 29-year-old’s lead was provisional, as the rain delay of three hours and 40 minutes meant many players were still finishing their rounds late in the afternoon. The tournament also features former tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who turned to golf after retirement and made his European Tour debut in 2008, missing the cut at the Russian Open by 27 shots.
MLS All Stars beat Chelsea
John Terry and Frank Lampard were on target for Chelsea, but the European champions fell to a 3-2 defeat to the MLS All Stars in their latest tour match in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The All Stars took the lead in the 21st minute through US international Chris Wondolowski, who converted a low cross from former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry. Chelsea drew level in the 32nd minute with a Terry header from a Lampard corner and then the provider turned scorer by putting the Premier League team ahead with a tap-in at the back post in the 58th minute. After a series of substitutions from both teams, the All Stars rallied well with David Beckham having a hand in Chris Pontius’ 73rd minute equalizer. The All Stars then snatched victory in injury time through a deflected shot from Seattle Sounders striker Eddie Johnson.
Taiwanese in US team
The US national Olympics team this year includes six Taiwanese-Americans who are hoping to win medals in the fencing and table tennis competitions. The athletes on the US table tennis team are Ariel Hsing, Erica Wu and Timothy Wang, while Alexander Massialas, Doris Willette and Gerek Meinhardt are on the fencing team. Hsing, who won a girls’ title in the US at the age of eight, hopes to be the first to bring back an Olympics table-tennis medal to the US. Erica Wu of southern California, 15, said she travels to Taiwan every year for table tennis practice, which helps her to improve her game. Timothy Wang of Texas, 20, won the men’s singles at the 2010 US National Championships and is competing in the Olympics for the first time. Among the fencers, Massialas, 18, ranks No. 2 in the US in the men’s foil and No. 13 in the world. He is one of the US’ medal hopefuls and his father, Greg Massialas, who is also his coach, competed in Olympic Games three times on the US team. Gerek Meihardt, who took part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will compete in the men’s foil event in London.