MADRID, May 6 (IANS): The morning session at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament on Tuesday saw three men�s seeds advance into the second round, while Maria Sharapova enjoyed a comfortable first match, a media report said on Wednesday.
Number 10 seed Grigor Dimitov defeated American Donald Young 6- 4, 3-0 in a game that had to be abandoned before an hour of play when Young was forced to withdraw because of physical problems, Xinhua reported. Number 12 seed, Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga has a 7-6, 6-3 win over Czech, Lukas Rosol, while 13 seed Gael Monfils needed one hour exactly to get past Russian, Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-0.
Meanwhile, Spanish qualifier Alfred Ramos Vinolas produced a slight surprise by defeating Pablo Cuevas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and Leonardo Mayer enjoyed a straight sets triumph over Giles Muller. In the women�s tournament, reigning champion Maria Sharapova had a straightforward first game in the defence of the title she won last year.
The Russian, who is number 3 seed this year, defeated Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque Marino 6-1, 6-2.
Number four seed Petra Kvitkova was made to work a lot harder as she was taken to three sets in a match that lasted almost two hours against American, Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, while 15 seed Sara Errani became the victim of the first surprise of the competition as she lost 6-3, 7-6(6) 6-4 to Russia�s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Sania enters quarters, Bhupathi ousted: Sania Mirza, partnering Swiss Martina Hingis, entered the women�s doubles quarterfinals with a straight sets win, while compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi had to bite the dust at the Madrid Open with a first round loss in the men�s doubles here.
In the second round, top seeds Sania and Martina, who had got a first round bye, took just an hour to defeat Slovakian-Romanian combo of Janette Husarova and Raluca Olaru 6-2, 6-3 on the clay courts of the Caja Magica on Tuesday evening. However, Bhupathi�s luck ran out quite early as he lost the opener in straight sets. The South African-French pair of Kevin Anderson and Jeremy Chardy beat the Indo-Austrian wildcard combination of Bhupathi and Nick Kyrgios 7-5, 6-3.
Mayweather willing for
rematch with Pacquiao
Washington, May 6 (IANS): Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather said he was willing to fight Manny Pacquiao again after the Filipino pugilist repairs his torn shoulder muscle, media reports have said.
Mayweather won last weekend�s richest boxing world title showdown before Pacquiao disclosed that a shoulder injury hampered his performance, reports Xinhua. �I will fight him in a year after his surgery,� Mayweather said on Tuesday.
Mayweather�s willingness contradicted his remarks after the match that he would retire after one more fight in September. Pacquiao�s camp have complained that the Nevada State Athletic Commission barred the fighter from receiving treatment for the injury using an anti-inflammatory injection approved by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.