Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Erring Rubin is stunned


Eighth seed loses event's first match

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Chanda Rubin seemed to be in a good position at the U.S. Open. She was seeded No. 8 and the Williams sisters and Monica Seles were out of the event.

Now, Rubin is gone as well, eliminated Monday in the first match of the tournament by Maria Vento-Kabchi 6-4, 6-4.

Rubin struggled throughout and, in the end, was doomed by 46 unforced errors.

"I can't remember playing this bad," she said. "It's been a while. Being the U.S. Open center court, it's worse than playing this bad somewhere else, another smaller event. But this was definitely one of the worst."

Rubin knew she had wasted a golden opportunity.

"A match like today, you just can't afford in a tournament like this," she said. "It's really a disappointing loss. I mean, it definitely will linger for a little while. The tournament is two weeks long. This is the first day. It's kind of a bitter pill to be out, basically first match."

STILL SLUMPING: Iva Majoli's slump is intact.

The 1997 French Open winner lost to Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Monday, finishing her year with nine losses in her last 10 singles matches, including two Fed Cup losses.

"I haven't been feeling that great," she said. "I had some health problems the last few days, some stomach pains and headaches.

"But that's not the reason my tennis is like this. I am a little tired of everything. It takes time to get back on track. I feel like I need a couple of months rest. I definitely don't want to finish my career like this. I think I would regret it my whole life."

FIND THE FIRE: Greg Rusedski played one of his trademark five-setters at the Open on Monday, losing to Gregory Carraz 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 5-7, 6-4. For a player who often has lost his cool on the court, he was strangely serene. Bad idea?

"Maybe," Rusedski said. "Maybe I should have (lost control). Maybe it would have helped. It's a Catch-22. You need to find a good balance. If you're one way too much or another way too much, it's bad. I probably could have used a little more fire."

PAES UPDATE: Wimbledon mixed doubles champion Leander Paes should be released from an Orlando hospital within three weeks and might be back on the pro tour in as soon as three months after treatment for a parasitic infection.

U.S. Open Results

Monday At The USTA National Tennis Center

Men - Singles - First Round

Juan Carlos Ferrero (3), Spain, def. Jan Vacek, Czech Republic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Karol Kucera, Slovakia, def. Alexander Popp, Germany, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.

Mardy Fish, United States, def. Joachim Johansson, Sweden, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Fernando Verdasco, Spain, def. Tommy Robredo (17), Spain, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Ramon Delgado, Paraguay, def. Sebastien Grosjean (9), France, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4.

Todd Martin, United States, def. Robert Yim, United States, 6-1, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

Jurgen Melzer, Austria, def. Brian Baker, United States, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

Kenneth Carlsen, Denmark, def. Jeff Morrison, United States, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Gregory Carraz, France, def. Greg Rusedski, Britain, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Davide Sanguinetti, Italy, def. Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, Spain, 4-6, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Nikolay Davydenko, Russia, def. Max Mirnyi (18), Belarus, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (6).

Arnaud Clement (31), France, def. Brian Vahaly, United States, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4.

Wayne Ferreira (23), South Africa, def. Ivan Miranda, Peru, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, def. Tomas Behrend, Germany, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Jonas Bjorkman, Sweden, def. Filippo Volandri, Italy, 6-1, 6-4, 6-0.

Lee Hyung-taik, South Korea, def. Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarus, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Bohdan Ulihrach, Czech Republic, def. Maximilian Abel, Germany, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Stefan Koubek, Austria, def. Giorgio Galimberti, Italy, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Andreas Vinciguerra, Sweden, def. Robert Kendrick, United States, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 7-5, 1-6, 6-1.

Robby Ginepri, United States, def. David Ferrer, Spain, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

Guillermo Coria (5), Argentina, def. Mariano Puerta, Argentina, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.

Martin Verkerk (16), Netherlands, def. Alex Bogomolov Jr., United States, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 1-0, retired.

Taylor Dent, United States, def. Robin Soderling, Sweden, 7-6 (1), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Women - Singles - First Round

Ashley Harkleroad, United States, def. Vera Douchevina, Russia, 6-4, 6-2.

Vera Zvonareva (13), Russia, def. Lubomira Kurhajcova, Slovakia, 6-3, 6-2.

Nadia Petrova (19), Russia, def. Catalina Castano, Colombia, 6-4, 6-0.

Tamarine Tanasugarn, Thailand, def. Rita Grande, Italy, 6-0, 7-5.

Elena Likhovtseva, Russia, def. Iva Majoli, Croatia, 6-1, 6-1.

Maria Vento-Kabchi, Venezuela, def. Chanda Rubin (8), United States, 6-4, 6-4.

Denisa Chladkova, Czech Republic, def. Adriana Serra Zanetti, Italy, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

Patty Schnyder (18), Switzerland, def. Bea Bielik, United States, 6-1, 6-4.

Amanda Coetzer (14), South Africa, def. Gabriela Lastra, United States, 6-0, 6-2.

Svetlana Kuznetsova (27), Russia, def. Flavia Pennetta, Italy, 6-1, 6-1.

Stephanie Cohen Aloro, France, def. Alina Jidkova, Russia, 6-2, 6-4.

Barbara Schett, Austria, def. Janette Husarova, Slovakia, 7-6 (3), 7-5.

Myriam Casanova, Switzerland, def. Eleni Daniilidou (25), Greece, 6-3, 6-1.

Alicia Molik, Australia, def. Jelena Kostanic, Croatia, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

Melinda Czink, Hungary, def. Clarisa Fernandez, Argentina, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Maja Matevzic, Slovenia, def. Corina Morariu, United States, 6-3, 7-5.

Lindsay Davenport (3), United States, def. Els Callens, Belgium, 6-1, 6-0.

Lisa Raymond (28), United States, def. Tatiana Poutchek, Belarus, 6-3, 7-6 (1).

Fabiola Zuluaga, Colombia, def. Akiko Morigami, Japan, 6-1, 6-4.

Milagros Sequera, Venezuela, def. Zuzana Ondraskova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-1.

Conchita Martinez (12), Spain, def. Sarah Taylor, United States, 6-3, 6-4.

Maria Elena Camerin, Italy, def. Daja Bedanova, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-0.

Daniela Hantuchova (9), Slovakia, def. Marion Bartoli, France, 6-3, 6-2.

Meghann Shaughnessy (17), United States, def. Karolina Sprem, Croatia, 6-3, 6-2.

Julia Vakulenko, Ukraine, def. Barbara Rittner, Germany, 7-5, 6-2.

Maria Kirilenko, Russia, def. Theresa Logar, United States, 6-4, 6-2.

Petra Mandula, Hungary, def. Cara Black, Zimbabwe, 7-5, 6-2.

Anca Barna, Germany, def. Lina Krasnoroutskaya (26), Russia, 6-1, 0-6, 6-3.

Laura Granville, United States, def. Ansley Cargill, United States, 6-4, 6-0.

Paola Suarez (24), Argentina, def. Angelika Roesch, Germany, 6-3, 6-3.

Kim Clijsters (1), Belgium, def. Amber Liu, United States, 6-2, 6-3.

Show Court Schedule

Tuesday

Play begins at 11 a.m. EDT

Arthur Ashe Stadium

Day Session

Aniko Kapros, Hungary, vs. Justine Henin-Hardenne (2), Belgium

Michael Chang, United States, vs. Fernando Gonzalez (15), Chile

Andre Agassi (1), United States, vs. Alex Corretja, Spain

Night Session

Play begins at 7 p.m. EDT

Jennifer Capriati (6), United States, vs. Cristina Torrens Valero, Spain

Tim Henman, Britain, vs. Andy Roddick (4), United States

Louis Armstrong Stadium

Paradorn Srichaphan (11), Thailand, vs. Cyril Saulnier, France

Vince Spadea (32), United States, vs. Flavio Saretta, Brazil

Maria Sharapova, Russia, vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual, Spain

Not before 5 p.m.

Gustavo Kuerten (14), Brazil, vs. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia

Grandstand

Jelena Dokic (22), Serbia-Montenegro, vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Switzerland

Kristof Vliegen, Belgium, vs. Yevgeny Kafelnikov (28), Russia

Emilie Loit, France, vs. Alexandra Stevenson (31), United States

Xavier Malisse, Belgium, vs. Olivier Rochus, Belgium

Not before 7 p.m.

Jeff Salzenstein, United States, vs. Hicham Arazi, Morocco




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