John Isner leads exodus of seeds at Topshelf Open

TOP FLIGHT::The third, sixth, seventh and eighth-seeded men crashed out of the first round of the Wimbledon warm-up, while the women’s No. 2 and No. 3 seeds advanced

AP, ROSMALEN, the Netherlands

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 - Page 19

John Isner led an exodus of seeded players at the rain-interrupted Topshelf Open when he crashed out 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-4 to Evgeny Donskoy on Monday.

The third-seeded Isner was shown the exit along with No. 6 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, No. 7 Victor Hanescu of Romania and No. 8 Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain.

Neither Isner nor Donskoy could break serve in the opening set that Isner edged in a tiebreak, but Donskoy hit back quickly, breaking Isner’s first service game of the second set and breaking once more in the final set to book a place in the second round of the Wimbledon warm-up.

Earlier, Baghdatis was a set down to Carlos Berlocq and trailing 2-1 in the second when rain forced the players off court. The Cypriot could not use the pause to regroup and lost 6-2, 6-4.

Hanescu lost 6-4, 6-3 to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Andrey Kuznetsov beat Gimeno-Traver 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

In the women’s event, third-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Johanna Larsson and Lauren Davis of the US ousted Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 6-4.

Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova was 2-1 up in the third set against Lourdes Dominguez Lino when play was suspended by rain. The Slovak held on to take the final set to advance 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3).

Defending champion and losing Roland Garros finalist David Ferrer was to open his campaign yesterday against Xavier Malisse and 2011 women’s tournament winner Roberta Vinci was to take on Kaia Kanepi.