Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun exits Auckland’s ASB Classic

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 12, 2017
By: AFP, AUCKLAND, New Zealand

Injury and upsets hit the ATP Auckland Classic yesterday — while Taiwanese hope Lu Yen-hsun was

Eugenie Bouchard celebrates her quarter-final win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Apia International in Sydney yesterday.
Photo: AFP

eliminated — with illness forcing out top seed Roberto Bautista-Agut and David Ferrer’s bid for a record fifth title ending with a whimper.

Steve Johnson of the US defeated Lu 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

The world No. 33 won in 1 hour, 28 minutes, winning 52 of the 100 points contested.
Lu posted a Chinese-language report on Facebook that said Johnson won most of the key points and had luck on his side.

Lu said after the game that he had not played badly and he was confident heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open starting on Monday next week, according to the report.

Sixth seed Feliciano Lopez conceded a walkover, while John Isner and Marcos Baghdatis both flirted with disaster against unfancied second-round opponents.

The only seed to display any type of dominance was fourth-seeded Jack Sock, who showed a clean pair of heels dispatching fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-1.

Defending champion Bautista-Agut of Spain was the first to exit, pulling out of the Australian Open warm-up tournament with a stomach bug.

His third-seeded compatriot Ferrer soon followed, shattering his dream of adding to the record of four Auckland titles he shares with Australian Rod Emerson.    [FULL  STORY]

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