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Lu and Udomchoke advance to second round in Thailand

Staff writer, with AP, BANGKOK

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun and his partner Danai Udomchoke of Thailand safely negotiated the first round of the doubles competition at the Thailand Open yesterday, setting up a second-round meeting with Scotland’s Jamie Murray and Andre Sa of Brazil.

Lu and Udomchoke had to battle, though, eventually defeating Sweden’s Johan Brunstrom and Jonathan Marray of England 6-1, 3-6, 11-9.

In the singles, Gael Monfils’ fine return from injury extended to the second round after he beat South African qualifier Kevin Anderson 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

Monfils came back last week from nearly four months out with a right-knee injury and reached the semi-finals in Metz in his French homeland. Yesterday, he blew a 3-1 lead in the third set as Anderson went ahead 5-4, but Monfils won the last three games to move on.

Go Soeda of Japan beat local wild-card Udomchoke 6-4, 7-5 for a fourth straight time, while Ivo Karlovic of Croatia defeated Australia’s Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4.

In the second round, top seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia defeated Japan’s Hiroki Moriya 6-4, 6-4.

MALAYSIAN OPEN

AP, KUALA LUMPUR

Vasek Pospisil of Canada advanced to the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday by beating qualifier Michael Yani of the US 6-3, 7-5.

The 22-year-old Pospisil next faces either second-seeded Juan Monaco or wild-card Jimmy Wang of Taiwan.

Nikolay Davydenko defeated Indian lucky loser Sanam Singh 7-5, 6-4 and Alex Bogomolov Jr wasted nine break points before beating British qualifier Dominic Inglot 7-5, 6-3.

Alejandro Falla of Colombia advanced after Rajeev Ram of the US retired with a hamstring injury while trailing 7-6 (7/4), 4-2 and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan beat sixth-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-3, 6-2.

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