Smooth ride for Blake but Fish struggles to advance
KRAJICEK SENDS TOP SEED VAIDISOVA PACKING Houston, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina
James Blake, at No 2 the highest seed in the draw after the injury withdrawal of Andy Roddick, cruised into the second round of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships on Tuesday.
Blake defeated Italian Davide Sanguinetti 6-3, 6-0, while defending champion Mardy Fish, the fourth seed, had to rally in the third set to defeat Argentina’s Martin Vassallo Arguello 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
Fish dropped his serve twice to give Vassallo Arguello a 3-0 lead in the decisive set, but succeeded in winning the next three games to get back on serve. The American captured the victory with a break in the final game. Fish next faces another Argentine, Mariano Zabaleta, a 6-0, 7-6 (10/8) winner over US teenager Ryan Sweeting.
Top-seeded Roddick was due to begin his campaign on Tuesday, but decided he was still suffering from a sore hamstring.
Meanwhile, top Nicole Vaidisova seed was dumped out of the Family Circle Cup in a secondround loss to Michaella Krajicek in Charlestone, South Carolina, on Tuesday.
The tournament lost third seed Serena Williams who retired from her match with Taiwan’s Chan Yungjan with a right groin strain. Serena was trailing 5-3 in the first set when she decided she could not continue.
Her sister Venus, meanwhile, looked sharp cruising past Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-2 in a first-round match.
World No 19 Tatiana Golovin was hampered by a blister on her toe, but managed to beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1.