Classifieds | Archives | Jobs | About TGT | Contact | Subscribe
 | 
Last updated 12 minutes ago
Printer Friendly Version | TGT@Twitter | RSS Feed |
HOME LOCAL MIDEAST ASIA WORLD BUSINESS SPORT OPINION WRITERS
Nadal cruises into second round in Mexico, refutes media reports of skipping Indian Wells tournament
February 28, 2013
 Print    Send to Friend

ACAPULCO: Former world number one Rafael Nadal began his quest for a 38th clay-court title, dominating Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2 in his opening-round match of the Mexican Open Tuesday.

Nadal, who recently returned to the court after a seven-month injury layoff, needed just 68 minutes to oust Schwartzman, who at 20 was the youngest player in the men’s draw. Meanwhile, Nadal has denied Spanish media reports that he will not take part in the Masters Series events in Indian Wells and Miami next month, as he returns from a serious knee injury.

“My intention is to go to Indian Wells, my priority is to play there, but if I don’t feel comfortable and I’m not OK then I will have to take a decision,” Nadal said.

“These media companies cannot know more than me,” he was quoted as saying by Spanish media on Wednesday.

Isner hammers 28 aces

Top seed John Isner hammered 28 aces en route to a three-set victory over Jesse Levine in the first round of the ATP Tour’s Delray Beach International Championships on Tuesday.

Isner, who is looking to regain his form after battling a knee injury earlier this year, got off to a slow start against Canada’s Levine but played an efficient third set to win 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 6-4.

Isner reached the semi-finals in Delray Beach last year. He moves on to play Japan’s Go Soeda, who survived a third-set tie-break to defeat last year’s finalist Marinko Matosevic. Soeda trailed 3-6 in the tie-break but managed to save three straight match points during a five-point winning streak to claim the match 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6).

Wozniacki crashes out

Top seed and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki crashed out of the BMW Malaysian Open in the first round on Wednesday when she was beaten by qualifier Wang Qiang.

The Dane, who was feeling unwell after suffering a high temperature on Tuesday, hardly chased Wang’s returns in the closing stages of the match and lost 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1.

Wang was the fifth qualifier to reach the second round, joining Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum and Nudnida Luangnam, Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amanmuradova.

Agence France-Presse

 

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments
 
Post a comment
 
Name:
Country:
City:
Email:
Comment:
 
    
    
Related Stories
Sharapova downs gritty Safarova in Stuttgart opener
STUTTGART: Defending champion Maria Sharapova admits she had a tough opening in her bid to win a third straight Stuttgart WTA tournament title after her three-sets win ov..
Nadal struggles past Ramos; Gabashvili stuns Ferrer
BARCELONA: The world number one Rafael Nadal opened his bid for a ninth Barcelona Open title on Wednesday with a hard-fought 7-6(2), 6-4 victory over fellow Spaniard Albe..
Nishikori, Gulbis move ahead
BARCELONA: Japan’s Kei Nishikori won his first clay match of the season returning from a three week absence due to a groin injury with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Robert..
Djokovic hopeful of Madrid return after wrist injury
BELGRADE: Novak Djokovic has played down fears he will miss this year’s French Open, saying the wrist injury he sustained at the Monte Carlo Masters last week is not as s..
Wawrinka plays down French Open hopes despite success against Federer in Monte Carlo final
MONACO: Stanislas Wawrinka played down his French Open hopes despite his Monte Carlo Masters title success against Roger Federer, claiming that the sport’s big names rema..
 
FRONTPAGE
 
GALLERY
 
PANORAMA
 
TIME OUT
 
SPORT
 
 
Advertise | Copyright