'Headless chicken' Philippoussis crashes out in Madras


MADRAS: Fit-again Mark Philippoussis came unstuck in his second match of the season as he made an inglorious exit from the Indian Open here yesterday. 

The big-serving Australian, making a comeback after a four-month layoff due to a knee injury, fell apart against sixth-seeded Rainer Schuettler of Germany to lose 2-6, 1-6. 

Defending champion Guillermo Canas, who ended last year as world number 15, advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-2 romp over Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic. 

Canas next plays former world number six Karol Kucera of Slovakia, who ousted Cecil Mamiit of the United States 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3. 

Schuettler, favoured to meet Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand in the semi-final, takes on young Frenchman Jean-Rene Lisnard in the quarter-finals. 

Lisnard overcame a mid-match loss in concentration to defeat Noam Okun of Israel 6-0, 2-6, 6-2. 

“It was very frustrating, all that could go wrong in my game did today,” said Philippoussis, who dropped to world number 80 last year. “I did not serve well, there was no rhythm and there was no power in my ground strokes. 

“I was running out there like a headless chicken.” – AFP  

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