Saturday 22 July 2017

Sorensen woe as injury jinx strikes again to end fairytale

tennis

Paddy Hickey

LOUK SORENSEN'S injury jinx cruelly resurfaced yesterday as he followed Conor Niland out of the US Open without completing his first-round match.

On Tuesday, Niland was forced to quit due to the effects of food poisoning while trailing world No 1 Novak Djokovic 6-0 5-1.

And, less than 24 hours later, Sorensen called it a day due to an arm injury when he was 6-0 3-6 6-4 1-0 adrift of Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Da Silva -- a last-minute replacement for Robin Soderling, who cried off because of illness.

Sorensen must have thought it was his lucky day when the world No 6 pulled out -- all the more so because he had romped to a 6-4 6-4 win over Da Silva in a Challenger event in Costa Rica last May.

However, it all went wrong for the Irishman when he injured his right arm in the third set, and Da Silva went on to take a two sets to one lead.

Then, with the players tied at 40-40 in the second game of the fourth set, Sorensen informed the umpire that he was in no fit condition to continue after two hours and 14 minutes of action.

After a disastrous 6-0 drubbing in the first set, during which he struggled to cope with the looping, high-bouncing deliveries of the South American, Sorensen battled back superbly in the second set, and he might well have replicated his second-round placing in the 2010 Australian Open but for his injury.

Andy Murray recovered from a poor start to defeat Somdev Devvarman 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 6-3.

The world No 4 dropped his opening service game and then trailed early in the first-set tie-break but he pulled through and from then on there was only one winner.

In round two Murray will face big-hitting Dutchman Robin Haase, who won their only previous meeting.

In the women's draw, Venus Williams withdrew with illness ahead of her second-round match against 22nd seed Sabine Lisicki. The American came into the tournament not having played since Wimbledon because of a virus.

Second seed Vera Zvonareva overcame a second-set wobble to defeat Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko 7-5 3-6 6-3.

Zvonareva, a finalist here a year ago, scored the decisive break in the eighth game of the final set to take a 5-3 lead before serving out. In the third round, Zvonareva will face Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain, who beat Laura Robson 6-2 6-3.

British prospect Robson (17) had come through qualifying and was playing in the second round of a Grand Slam for the second time -- but Medina Garrigues' speed around the court and excellent defence frustrated the teenager.

She was broken in the fifth game and in the seventh before Medina Garrigues, who has won 11 titles on the WTA Tour, clinched the set with an ace. Robson hit 20 winners to her opponent's nine, but there were also 32 unforced errors.

Irish Independent

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