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Tsonga suffers shock defeat in US

New York, Aug 31 (agencies)
Published on 31 Aug. 2012 10:44 PM IST
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Serena Williams progresses but Venus out of US open
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out of the US Open in the second round, losing 6-4 1-6 6-1 6-3 to Martin Klizan.
The Slovakian, ranked 52 in the world, had 19 break points against Tsonga, who reached the quarter-finals in 2011. There was no such trouble for world number one Roger Federer who beat Bjorn Phau 6-2 6-3 6-2.

Andy Murray will face Feliciano Lopez in the third round on Saturday after the Spaniard beat his compatriot Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 3-6 7-5.

Fifth seed Tsonga was expected to meet Murray in the quarter-finals. "I was not in good shape," said the Frenchman. "I didn't play good tennis. It seemed like I couldn't hit the ball hard enough to put my opponent out of position.

I don't really know why it was like this, but sometimes it happens with me. I'm disappointed but it's tennis. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Of course, it's always sad when you lose but I will wait for another good moment. I will forget it."

The 23-year-old Klizan, who lost to Britain's Dan Evans in the Davis Cup earlier this year, will play 32nd seed Jeremy Chardy in the third round and was understandably overjoyed to have beaten Tsonga.

"He's number six in the world and I beat him," he said. "I think it's my best result in my career and I'm looking forward to playing Saturday in the third round. There is a chance to win again."

Federer remained on course for a record sixth US Open title with a 90-minute victory over Germany's Phau.
Both players produced some exquisite shots but it was the top seed who came out on top, finishing the match with 15 aces and 44 winners.

The Swiss will next play the 25th seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain who beat fellow countryman Albert Ramos 7-6 (7-4) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

America's Mardy Fish bounced back from a two-set deficit to beat Russia's Nikolay Davydenko 4-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-1 6-2, creating a new US Open record in the process by becoming the 10th player at this year's tournament to recover from two sets down.

Fish's compatriot James Blake overcame Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-1 6-4 6-2 and will play Milos Raonic in the third round after the Canadian beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-4).

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych completed a 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory over Jurgen Zopp and will play Sam Querrey, while 12th seed Marin Cilic needed five sets to overcome Daniel Brands of Germany 6-3 6-2 5-7 4-6 7-5.

Spain's Nicolas Almagro battled past Germany's Philipp Petzschner 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-4 6-4 to set up a meeting with American teenager Jack Sock , who comfortably eased past Flavio Cipolla 6-2 6-2 6-4.

Meanwhile, fourth seed Serena Williams eased into the third round of the US Open after a straight sets victory over Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

The Wimbledon and Olympic champion took an hour and 22 minutes to secure a 6-2 6-4 victory over the unseeded Sanchez. But former champion Venus Williams is out after being beaten 6-2 5-7 7-5 by Angelique Kerber in an epic encounter.

Second seed Agnieszka Radwanska fought back from a set down to beat Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 4-6 6-3 6-0.
Serbia's Ana Ivanovic also progressed to the third round with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson.

Ivanovic will face 19-year-old Sloane Stephens, the youngest player in the women's top 50, after the American beat Tatjana Malek of Germany 5-7 6-4 6-4.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams said she "felt American for the first time" at her home tournament, such was the support she received on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams battled back from a set down in front of a patriotic crowd but Germany's Kerber squeezed through after two hours and 45 minutes under the floodlights.

Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams was not in top form, hitting six double faults and 24 errors against world number 108 Martinez Sanchez.

But she did enough to maintain her unbeaten record over the Spaniard, producing six aces and winning 89% of points on her first serve, to set up a meeting with Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

"I wasn't really happy with the way I was playing," said Serena, who had to recover from a break down in the second set. "I just wasn't happy out there in general. I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed."

Jelena Jankovic will play second seed Radwanska in round three after the former world number one beat Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino 6-4 6-2.

Fourteenth seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia will meet Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic after a 6-3 6-2 win over Hungary's Greta Arn.

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