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METZ --- Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka withdrew
from the Open de Moselle with an ankle injury
yesterday while former two-time champion Gilles
Simon made it to the semifinals.
The French Open champion was scheduled to
face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals at
the indoor hard-court tournament but was unable
Wawrinka, who has already qualified for the
ATP World Tour Finals from November 15-22 in
London, hurt his right ankle during his 4-6, 6-
3, 7-6 (4) win over Dustin Brown in the second
"Unfortunately I have to pull out because yes-
terday I twisted my ankle at 5-4 in the first set,"
said Wawrinka. "It was painful in the match, but
still OK with tape on it. But after a lot of treatment
last night and some tests this morning, it's dan-
gerous for me to play because the pain is still there.
OK in the next few weeks."
The second-seeded Simon, who clinched his
titles in the northeastern city in 2010 and 2013,
converted two of his five breakpoints and withstood
12 aces to advance past Gilles Muller 6-4, 6-4.
Next up for Simon is sixth-seeded Martin Klizan,
who rallied to beat fourth-seeded Guillermo Gar-
cia-Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
elected to head
world tennis body
SANTIAGO --- American David Haggerty has
been elected to a four-year term as the president
of the International Tennis Federation.
Haggerty was elected Friday by the ITF --- best
known for running the Davis Cup and the
women's Fed Cup --- and replaces Francesco Ricci
Bitti of Italy who held the post for 16 years.
"It is a privilege and an honour to be elected
President of the ITF. Tennis is the common lan-
guage that binds all our member nations. It is
important that we continue to listen to each other
and work together to keep the ITF strong."
"I want to thank Francesco, who has done so
much for the ITF over the last 16 years, for his
leadership and friendship," Haggerty said following
Outgoing Bitti gave his approval following the
"I would like to congratulate David Haggerty
on his election as ITF president and wish him
all the best for the future," Ricci Bitti said in a
statement from the ITF. "I am confident that
under David's leadership, the organization can
continue to grow with the support of the ITF
staff and our 210 member nations." (AP)
SUZUKA --- Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat
had the quickest lap in a wet second prac-
tice session for the Japanese Grand Prix,
edging Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and
Lewis Hamilton, yesterday.
Kvyat clocked 1 minute, 49.277 seconds
around the Suzuka circuit, two hundredths
of a second ahead of Rosberg with cham-
pionship leader Lewis Hamilton half a second
back in third.
With rain falling, several drivers com-
plained about aquaplaning.
"It is slippery, wet and there was also
aquaplaning; not the most exciting condi-
tions," Hamilton said. "We didn't want to
take too many risks today, as there is no
point in damaging the car or the gearbox."
Kvyat's teammate Daniel Ricciardo was
fourth followed by the Ferrari pair of Sebas-
tian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
Rain also hit the morning session when
Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr had the
Sainz was seventh in the afternoon session
followed by teammate Max Verstappen.
Sauber's Felipe Nasr and Lotus driver Pastor
Maldonado completed the top 10.
Because of the rain, only 12 of the 20
drivers posted a timed lap by the end of the
90 minute session.
Jenson Button waited 27 minutes before
heading out from the garage and finished
12th, 3.584 seconds off the pace.
Hamilton will be looking to get his pursuit
of the championship back on track in Japan
after a rare setback in Singapore.
An engine-clamp failure that took away
boost power forced Hamilton out of the
Singapore night race last weekend for his
first retirement of the season.
Hamilton's lead over Rosberg, who fin-
ished fourth in Singapore, was trimmed
from 53 to 41 points with six races left. Vettel, who
won at Marina Bay, is a further eight points back.
Mercedes was surprisingly off the pace in Singapore,
but expects to return to dominance on the higher-
speed Suzuka circuit where Hamilton won last year
ahead of Rosberg and Vettel. (AP)
Kvyat fastest in wet 2nd practice at Japanese GP
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