Fish caught in Harrison’s net

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Mardy Fish, competing in an ATP World Tour event for the first time since August 2013, lost in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open to fellow American Ryan Harrison in Indian Wells on Thursday.

Fish, 33, has been out of action with a heart problem for the past 19 months, had two match points in the third set but was unable to see the match out and eventually went down 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7/3) in two hours 36 minutes to his 22-year-old opponent.

Later, Marcos Baghdatis was eased into a second-round date with top seed Novak Djokovic as Czech hopeful Jiri Vesely retired hurt – complaining of a sore throat and muscle pain – after two games of a second set.

Cypriot Baghdatis had won the first and, after only 49 minutes of play, Vesely quit with 6-1 1-1 on the board.

American wild card Tim Smyczek progressed with a 6-3 7-6 (7/4) victory over Germany’s Benjamin Becker, while Juan Monaco of Argentina battled past Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2 3-6 6-3.

Croatia’s Ivan Dodig ousted Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-3 7-5, and Canada’s Vasek Pospisil led Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 4-2 when the Kazakh retired.

Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen overcame Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 to take his place in round two, with Albert Ramos-Vinolas eliminating Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 6-4 6-4 and Jurgen Melzer of Austria getting past American Dennis Novikov 6-4 6-4.

There were also first-round wins for Borna Coric, Federico Delbonis, James Duckworth, Adrian Mannarino, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Thanasi Kokkinakis.

In the women’s event, former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone was knocked out despite cruising through the first set against Lin Zhu. The Chinese player hit back to defeat the Italian 0-6 6-3 6-3.

Polona Hercog of Slovenia routed Russia’s Vera Zvonareva 6-1 6-1, while Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova was beaten 6-4 1-6 6-3 by Czech Klara Koukalova and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia saw off Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 7-5 6-2.

Teenager Taylor Townsend won the battle of the American wild cards, seeing off Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4 5-7 7-5, and Roberta Vinci of Italy battled from a set down to beat Australia’s Jarmila Gajdosova 4-6 6-1 6-2.

Belgian pair Yanina Wickmayer and Kirsten Flipkens enjoyed straight-sets wins over Italy’s Karin Knapp and American Shelby Rogers, respectively.

Sesil Karatantcheva, Bojana Jovanovski, Yulia Putintseva, Lesia Tsurenko, Lauren Davis, Lucie Hradecka, Christina McHale and Madison Brengle also advanced to round two on Thursday.

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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