Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun’s participation at the Topshelf Open ended on Wednesday after he was knocked out in the first round of the men’s doubles.
However, Lu and Oliver Marach of Austria did not go out without a fight, as they took top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania to a super tiebreak before eventually succumbing to a 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 10-4 defeat in 1 hour, 26 minutes on the grass courts in s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands.
The Taiwanese-Austrian duo converted the only break-point opportunity they created, but failed to save any of the three they faced as the top seeds won 73 of the 125 points contested.
Lu exited the singles on Tuesday after the world No. 62 fell to a 6-4, 6-3 defeat to sixth seed Adrian Mannarino.
In the singles on Wednesday, fifth seed Ivo Karlovic of Croatia smacked 25 aces as he beat Tatsuma Ito of Japan 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3) to reach the quarter-finals.
There, he was due to face local favorite Robin Haase, who beat seventh seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.
In the women’s singles, third seed Coco Vandeweghe of the US, fifth seed Camila Giorgi of Italy and seventh seed Kristina Mladenovic of France all reached the last eight.
Vandeweghe won 7-5, 6-4 against Tatjana Maria; Mladenovic rallied past Kurumi Nara 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3; while Giorgi withstood 21 aces from Michaella Krajicek in a 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 6-4 win.
Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, who eliminated top seed Eugenie Bouchard in the first round, beat Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-4, 6-4.
Australia’s Sam Groth pulled off a second-round shock at the Mercedes Cup grass-court tournament on Wednesday by recovering from losing the first set to beat third seed Feliciano Lopez and reach the quarter-finals.
The 27-year-old from Melbourne, who is ranked No. 66 in the world, dug deep to claim a 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6) win over the Spaniard, who is 14th in the ATP Tour rankings, having held his nerve in a desperately tight third set.
Groth had the chance to claim another scalp when was due to face Serbia’s Viktor Troicki in the quarter-finals.
Eighth seed Troicki needed three sets and exactly two hours to reach the last eight as he saw off 18-year-old German Alexander Zverev, the youngest player in the top 100, 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3.
Fourth seed Gael Monfils needed two tiebreakers to force his way into the quarter-finals over Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer.
Monfils took nearly an hour and a half to seal his 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5) win and was due to face home favorite Philipp Kohlschreiber for a spot in the semi-finals.
Monfils said that he is under pressure from his fitness trainer to win a first grass-court title, particularly as there is a new Mercedes on offer to the winner.
“He’s in love with the car. He’s been talking about it for two days,” said Monfils, who sent down 18 aces.
“He said: ‘I don’t care if you’re not a grass-court player, you need to win this car for me. So make the effort.’ I’ve won my first match, so hopefully I can keep it going and get this car,” Monfils said.
Top seed Rafael Nadal was due to start his campaign yesterday with a second-round match against Marcos Baghdatis.
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
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