Roddick’s serves just too strong as Capriati joins the Acura crock list


WASHINGTON: Second seed Andy Roddick used a powerful serve and punishing groundstrokes on Wednesday to overcome an inspired display by fellow American Bob Bryan and advance to the third round of the Legg Mason Classic. 

Roddick blasted 12 aces and never lost his serve during a 7-6, 6-4 triumph over Bryan, who alongside his brother Mike forms the top doubles team in the world. 

Roddick now meets Britain's Greg Rusedski in a repeat of their explosive encounter at Wimbledon last month. 

GOING THROUGH:Elena Likhovtseva of Russia follows through with a backhand during her second roung match against Jennifer Capriati at the Acura Classic on Wednesday. Likhovtseva won when Capriati withdrew due to an injury.- APpic

Roddick defeated Rusedski 7-6, 7-6, 7-5 in the second round at Wimbledon. The Briton left the court fuming after an umpire over-rule in the third set, having earlier hurled a foul-mouthed volley of abuse at the official. 

Rusedski's compatriot Tim Henman, the 10th seed, beat Paul Goldstein of the US 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in another match. 

In other second-round action, Thailand's third-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan defeated Cyril Saulnier of France 6-4, 6-7, 6-1. 

Fourth seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile defeated qualifier Julien Benneteau of France 6-2, 6-4 while fifth-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov knocked out Sweden's Thomas Enqvist 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Eighth seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia overcame qualifier Simon Larose of Canada 6-4 6-3.  

n CARLSBAD (California): Fifth seed Jennifer Capriati became the latest victim of the Acura Classic injury jinx on Wednesday, retiring with a pectoral strain while trailing 4-1 to Russian Elena Likhovtseva in the second round. 

The American was the ninth player to either pull out or retire from the tournament. 

Second seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium, who won last week's Bank of the West Classic, carried on where she left off by overpowering Spain's Virginia Ruano-Pascual 6-2, 6-0. 

“I didn't have to hit my hardest to be able to keep her under pressure,” Clijsters said. “She really couldn't hurt me with her backhand and I was able to play the angles well.” 

Clijsters now meets French teenager Marion Bartoli in the third round. 

Capriati's retirement was yet another blow for the organisers after injury had forced out world No. 1 Serena Williams, No. 4 Venus Williams, Russian Vera Zvonareva, Americans Monica Seles, Ashley Harkleroad and Alexandra Stevenson and Natalie Dechy of France. 

Seventh seed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia had to save a match point before putting out Slovenia's Katerina Srebotnik 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 while American Lisa Raymond upset eighth seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-0, 2-6, 6-4. 

Russia's Elena Dementieva, the 13th seed, eased out Francesca Schiavone of Italy 7-6, 6-2 but 12th-seeded South African Amanda Coetzer was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Russian Nadia Petrova. 

Former French and Australian Open champion Mary Pierce of France knocked out 11th-seeded Spaniard Conchita Martinez 6-1, 6-3 while 10th seed Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria beat Australia's Alicia Molik 6-1, 6-3.  

  • LOS ANGELES: Germany's Nicolas Kiefer upset number three seed Sjeng Schalken 6-4, 6-4 to move into the third round of the Mercedes-Benz Cup on Wednesday. 

    Kiefer has never lost a set to Schalken and improved his career record against the Dutchman to 3-0 in the second round match. 

    Top-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt had little difficulty with American qualifier Michael Joyce, dominating him 6-3, 6-0. Hewitt will meet Kenneth Carlsen in the third round after the Dane beat Prakash Amritraj of India 6-4, 6-2. – Reuters 

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