Lleyton Hewitt finally ran out of steam and was beaten 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 by Fernando Gonzalez in the third round of the Hamburg Masters on Thursday. \nThe Australian top seed had played six hours of tennis in overcoming his first two opponents and often looked flat against the lively 15th-seeded Chilean. \nGonzalez dominated much of the match with his sharp returns and fierce forehand winners and Hewitt rarely looked capable of turning the tide. \nHewitt swiftly fell behind 5-0 and earned just two game points in the first set. \nIn the second, Gonzalez broke to lead 1-0 then twice dropped his own serve to love, for the Australian to level the match at one set all. \nIn the decider Hewitt, who is short of clay practice after suffering a viral infection, failed to impose himself on a confident opponent, earning just one game point, on Gonzalez's serve in the first game. \nHewitt said the long matches in Hamburg meant he was feeling more comfortable on clay with the French Open just 10 days away, but the courts were heavier than those at Roland Garros. \n"The French Open is more of a powder kind of surface. I've had decent results here, but I definitely feel I've got better chances at the French Open than here." \nThird seed Roger Federer went down 6-3 2-6 6-3 to big-serving Australian Mark Philippoussis. \nThe Swiss No. 3 seed won the first three games, then fell victim to some fine volleying and crisp passing shots. \nBut the Australian had trouble closing out the match, failing to convert seven match points at 5-1 and saving two break points at 5-3 before winning on his ninth match point. \nGustavo Kuerten's French Open preparations were also cut short when he lost 7-6 6-4 to South African Wayne Ferreira. \nThere was little to separate the pair throughout the match, but Ferreira was more aggressive and better at taking any opportunities that fell his way. \nThe 11th-seeded Brazilian had the early advantage, breaking for 2-1 and holding two break points in the fifth game after Ferreira had levelled at 2-2. \nKuerten also led 4-1 in the tiebreak before surrendering the next six points and the former French Open champion was broken at 4-4 in the second set to allow Ferreira to serve for victory. \nUnseeded Olivier Rochus of Belgium followed up his second-round win over French Open champion Albert Costa by ending the run of Britain's Tim Henman. \nAlthough Henman played well in patches, Rochus won the first eight points of the first set and the last 12 before taking a 4-0 lead in the second on the way to a 6-4 6-3 victory. \n"There were some good periods, but it's something you have to string together a bit longer," Henman said. \nMartinez, Serena, set up quarterfinal clash \nThe speed and power of Serena Williams are set to clash with the patience and consistency of veteran Conchita Martinez in the Italian Open quarterfinals in Rome. \nThe American and Spaniard set up the match with third-round wins on Thursday, when top-seeded Williams crushed Nathalie Dechy 6-3, 6-0, and Martinez upset seventh-seeded Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3. \nDechy contained Williams' aggressiveness early on with quick angled shots, but the Frenchwoman's resistance crumbled as the defending champion's serve and groundstrokes improved. \nMartinez allowed her opponent to make most of the mistakes, employing the same steady baseline play that won her four consecutive titles at Foro Italico from 1993-96. \n"I don't think tennis is all about power," Hantuchova said, commenting on her opponent's skills. "The Williams sisters dominate because they are very powerful, but there are also other ways to win tennis matches. \n"I think Conchita just showed it very clearly. Today she just moved me around the court very well. That's how you can win a match too," she said. \nMartinez's passive game hasn't made much impact against Williams, however. In four previous encounters, Williams has never lost to the Spaniard. \n"I don't think she has many weak spots," Martinez said. "She hits the ball well from everywhere. It'll just be fight and run."
Taiwanese Hsu Le on Tuesday won the women’s 100m hurdles at the Summer Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, snagging Taiwan’s first gold medal at this year’s Games. The 19-year-old hurdler finished in 13.91 seconds, breaking the Deaflympics record of 14.20 seconds. Hsu already holds the world deaf record for the women’s 100m hurdles, which she secured at the biennial National Athletics Championships in New Taipei City in 2020 with a time of 13.19 seconds. The Deaflympics is her first international competition. On Sunday, she won a bronze medal in the women’s 100m, finishing in 12.31 seconds. She is also to compete in
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