WASHINGTON: Top-seed Juan Martin Del Potro advanced with ease at the ATP and WTA Washington Open, while Olga Puchkova hit a ball into a line judge and defaulted.
Rain on Wednesday postponed the opening matches for Del Potro and Japanese second-seed Kei Nishikori, and halted two other men’s matches.
So facing two matches on Thursday, Del Potro made the most of his time on the court, ripping American Ryan Harrison 6-1, 7-5 in 70 minutes.
Meanwhile, Nishikori, defeated American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 44 minutes to book a third-round match with Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.
On the women’s side, the only match halted Wednesday was Puchkova’s.
She trailed Argentina’s Paula Ormaechea 3-6, 6-3, 2-1 when play resumed Thursday but surrendered a break and trailed 4-1 in the final set.
Upset at herself after a point, Puchkova struck a ball in frustration and it slammed into the knee of a line judge, injuring the man and prompting the umpire to award the match to her South American foe.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2013.
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