Hingis advances, Kuerten bows out

first_img“I tried to do some (different) things out there,” Hingis said. “I wanted to come in more and I won a lot of points at the net, so that’s satisfying. Maybe I can bring that in against the top players as well.” Kuerten, a three-time French Open champion and an Indian Wells finalist in 2003, is struggling in his comeback from a hip injury. The Brazilian star is 2-6 this year after his 7-6 (5), 6-2 loss to Juan Martin del Potro, an Argentine ranked No. 65. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Especially the first set, I had my chances,” said Kuerten, who played only one ATP Tour match last year. “I think the match could be very different if I had won the set. I would be much more confident. Instead of that, I was very frustrated because I knew to go all the way around (to win), the three (sets) would be really tough for me.The 96-player men’s draw, like the women’s, gave byes to the 32 seeded players, so none of them were in action Friday, when Americans Vince Spadea and Paul Goldstein were among the first-round winners. No. 7 Jelena Jankovic, No. 8 Anna Chakvetadze and No. 11 Shahar Peer all advanced in straight sets, while No. 14 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and No. 19 Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic survived three-set challenges. Hantuchova, the 2002 tournament champion, outlasted Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, and Safarova beat Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (4). The 20-year-old Safarova had been sidelined by a left shoulder injury since reaching the final at Paris in February, where she beat top-10 players Nicole Vaidisova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Justine Henin before losing to No. 7 Nadia Petrova. “That gave me a lot of confidence,” said Safarova, who was No. 41 at the end of last season and is No. 26 now. “With every one of those matches I was feeling better and better on the court. It was very, very important for me.” center_img INDIAN WELLS – Martina Hingis led the expected parade of seeded players into the third round of the Pacific Life Open, and former finalist Gustavo Kuerten bowed out in the first round of the men’s draw Friday. The third-seeded Hingis, the tournament winner in 1998 and a two-time runner-up, took her first step toward a possible semifinal meeting with top-seeded defending champion Maria Sharapova, beating 16-year-old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-1, 6-3. last_img

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