Anderson floors Roddick

2011-10-03 16:33

Beijing - Andy Roddick was eliminated in the first round of the China Open Monday, falling to South Africa's Kevin Anderson 4-6, 5-7, while Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down to beat Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.

Roddick managed to handle Anderson's huge serve, but the sixth-seeded American struggled with his own and was broken in the seventh game to go one set down.

The second set brought more of the same, and while Roddick evened things up at 5-5, Anderson's momentum carried him through to the win.

"If I break twice and don't win a set that says my serve isn't on," Roddick said. "It's unacceptable."

Anderson, South Africa's No 1 tennis player, on Monday rose one place to a career-high 31st position in the latest ATP world rankings released.

Top-ranked Wozniacki struggled at the start against another big-serving opponent, with Hradecka scoring nine aces to the Dane's two. But Wozniacki improved in the second set as the unseeded Hradecka's first serves increasingly hit the net, saving eight of 12 break points for the match.

"It wasn't a pretty match, but I'm through and that's what's most important," said Wozniacki, the defending champion.

Third-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic defeated Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1, while Maria Kirilenko of Russia beat Julia Goerges of Germany 7-6 (9), 6-3.

Also, wild-card entry Zheng Jie of China outlasted Alberta Brianti of Italy 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, qualifier Virginie Razzano of France defeated Gisela Dulko of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, and Tamira Paszek of Austria beat Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Unseeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia dismissed Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-3 and Italy's Flavia Pennetta defeated China's Peng Shuai, 7-6 (6), 7-5.

In other men's matches, Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Chinese wild card Di Wu 6-2, 6-0, Feliciano Lopez of Spain beat Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 6-2, 7-6 (6), Fernando Verdasco of Spain downed Michael Llodra of France 6-2, 6-4, Florian Mayer of Germany beat Albert Ramos of Spain 6-2, 6-4, and Flavio Cipolla of Italy defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, 6-1, 1-6, 6-0.


  • Jimbo - 2011-10-03 16:56

    Go Anderson you biscuit!

  • Cliff - 2011-10-03 17:02

    Keep it up Kevin we need a tennis ace !!!!!!

  • Gomez - 2011-10-03 17:06

    Nice one!That ROdick is an arrogant a r s e!

  • David - 2011-10-03 17:06

    How long has it been since SA has given us something to smile about on the tennis court?? Go Anderson, maybe you'll win this tournament

      Not Black - 2011-10-03 17:20

      Hi David, Just recently read something about Bob Hewitt? It was well worth a laugh...... Some mischief he was up to. In anycase, wait till our Sport Ministry gets involved... We all will be laughing with embarrasment there after.

      FAT MAN - 2011-10-03 20:51

      To "Not Black" WTF dude please dont play the race card where it doesnt even apply You're probably an apartheid era domkop - so you blame all your failures on being white, when really you're a failure cause you're incompetent And no, I'm not black...before you even start

  • Zee - 2011-10-03 17:20

    Well done Kevin! Awesome achievement.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-04 12:52

    Dear Fat Man, I think Not Black said "Sport Ministry", so I'm not sure how the Race Card got into this. Well done Kevin Anderson, make us proud.

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