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Lu stunned by Brown in first round at Duesseldorf

SEEDS SAY BYE:The fifth-seeded Lu of Taiwan was bested by local Dustin Brown and No. 8 seed Dutchman Igor Sijsling also fell at the first hurdle

AP, DUESSELDORF, Germany

Taiwanese fifth seed Lu Yen-hsun returns to wild-card entry Dustin Brown of Germany in their match during round one of the ATP Duesseldorf Open on Monday in the German city’s Rochusclub tennis complex.

Photo: EPA

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun was upset by wild-card entry Dustin Brown on Monday when the German ousted the fifth seed from the Duesseldorf Open in the first round with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory.

Joining Lu was No. 8 Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, who lost to the Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely 7-6 (2), 6-3 to be the second seeded player to fall at the first hurdle at the Rochusclub.

Austrian Juergen Melzer continued his comeback from injury by overcoming Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-4, 6-1, while Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili rallied to defeat Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Wild-card entry Nikola Milojevic outlasted qualifier Mirza Basic 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 on the first day of the red-clay event that serves as a warm-up for the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the year.

STRASBOURG INTERNATIONAUX

AP, STRASBOURG, France

Casey Dellacqua of Australia beat fifth-seeded Elena Vesnina of Russia 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the Strasbourg International.

Dellacqua broke serve seven times, as Vesnina made nine double-faults at the Tennis Club of Strasbourg.

Advancing along with the Australian were Americans Madison Keys and Vania King, as well as French wild-card entry Claire Feuerstein and Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia.

Keys won the last four games of her clash with Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain to claim a 7-6 (2), 6-2 victory, while King outlasted Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

A semi-finalist in Bogota last month, King took a 4-0 lead in the second set and won the last five games in the decider.

Feuerstein saved 10 of 12 break points in her 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Sharon Fichman of Canada, while Tomljanovic hit six aces to dismiss France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-0.

NUREMBERG CUP

AP, Nuremberg, Germany

Second-seeded Eugenie Bouchard cruised into the second round of the Nuremberg Cup by crushing Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0, 6-3 on Monday.

Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina also progressed in the tournament after beating Iveta Melzer 7-5, 6-4 in a much more closely fought match.

Among the other seeded players on the court that, fifth seed Yvonne Meusburger of Austria suffered the biggest upset after she was eliminated by losing 6-3, 6-4 to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Seventh-seeded Caroline Garcia of France needed three sets to overcome Israeli Julia Glushko 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, while eighth-seeded Annika Beck of Germany cruised past Slovakian Jana Cepelova 6-2, 6-3 and Italy’s Karin Knapp defeated Shahar Peer of Israel 6-3, 6-2 to also book her place in the next round.

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