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Date: Sep 02, 2015
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with Reuters, NEW YORK
Taiwanese No. 1 Lu Yen-hsun crashed out in the first round of the US Open at
Flushing Meadows in New York on Monday, an injury forcing him to retire in the third set of his men’s singles opener.
World No. 97 Lu was trailing 6-3, 6-3, 3-0 to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan when he was forced to retire after 1 hour, 14 minutes of their match on Court 9.
Lu mixed six aces with three double faults, but failed to create a single break point as his 56th-ranked opponent converted five of seven, winning 70 of the 135 points contested to take the upper hand before the Taiwanese had to throw in the towel.
Taiwanese hopes at the final Grand Slam of the season are now focused on the women’s and mixed doubles competitions, with sisters Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan seeded ninth in the women’s doubles, while fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei and Anastasia Rodionova of of Australia are seeded 10th. [FULL STORY]