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pended president of Athletics
South Africa says Caster
Semenya is recovering from
a knee injury and will be
ready for the world cham-
James Evans also criticised
the national Olympic com-
mittee for "inexplicably" leav-
ing her off a list of athletes
to be given funding.
Evans said yesterday that the Olympic 800-meter
silver medalist and former world champion "is confident
of being in shape to perform at her best" at the worlds
in Moscow in August. (AP)
Semenya recovering from
injury, aiming for worlds
ka Radwanska slumped to a 7-6 (2),
6-2 defeat by American qualifier Jamie
Hampton in the first round at East-
Radwanska, who won the title in
2008, struggled throughout the match
at the Wimbledon warm-up tourna-
Although the Polish player leveled
at 5-5 when Hampton served for the
first set at 5-4 and then held a set point
at 6-5, she was overwhelmed in the
tiebreaker and failed to make much
impact in the second set.
"I think playing her in the first match
on the grass I think it was tough, and
I think, you know, the fact that she
played three matches before helped her
a little bit," Radwanska said. "I think
I was a little bit scared to move. It
wasn t slippery. Maybe a little bit in
the back, but, yeah, scared. You have
to be careful."
Hampton was cautious when Rad-
wanska fought back late in the first set,
but was determined not to fold.
"I was a little rattled, yeah," Hampton
said. "Last time we played something
similar happened, so I was like, I m not
going to crack. I m going to hold on
and get to a tiebreak."
Second-seeded Li Na of China
advanced to the second round, beating
Alize Cornet of France 6-2, 6-4 and
will next play 2011 champion Marion
Bartoli of France.
There were also victories for 2012
runner-up Angelique Kerber of Ger-
many, who defeated Romania s Sorana
Cirstea 6-4, 6-4 and fourth-seeded
Czech Petra Kvitova, who dismissed
Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-
1. Fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of
Denmark advanced after leading 6-2,
2-2 when defending champion Tamira
Paszek of Austria retired with a left
Wozniacki faced a potentially difficult
match against an opponent who not
only won the Eastbourne title last year
but then went on to defeat her in the
first round at Wimbledon.
She is also emerging from a period
during which she won just one of her
last six clay court matches. (AP)
ROSMALEN---French Open losing finalist David
Ferrer lost his first round match yesterday at
the Topshelf Open, depriving him of valuable
practice time on the grass courts of Rosmalen
in the week before Wimbledon.
A single service break in the second set was
enough for Xavier Malisse of Belgium to beat
defending champion and top-seeded Ferrer in
straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
"I think I need to play more on grass to get
into it," Ferrer said. "I can now train for a few
days in London. I have to stay positive; my focus
is now on my first match at Wimbledon."
Ferrer was the top but far from the only seeded
player to fall in the first round of the men s draw.
Second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka bucked
the trend by beating Steve Darcis 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Darcis was a late replacement for Dutchman Igor
Sijsling, who dropped out of the tournament in
the morning with a stomach complaint. The only
other seeded player to reach the second round
was Jeremy Chardy of France, seeded fifth, who
beat Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-4.
The top-seeded woman, 2011 champion Rober-
ta Vinci, had no such problems, brushing aside
Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-3 in the first match on center
court to reach the second round.
Fourth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens rallied from a
set down to overcome Francesca Schiavone 3-
6, 6-3, 6-0 in the first round.
Benoit Paire was another seeded player who
didn t make it past the first round, retiring after
losing the first three games of the match to fellow
Frenchman Michael Llodra. (AP)
Malisse ousts Ferrer
in 1st round of Topshelf Top-seeded
to US qualifier
WIMBLEDON --- Five-time Wimbledon champion
Venus Williams has pulled out of the grass-court
Grand Slam tournament because of a lower back
Williams agent, Carlos Fleming, says Wimbledon
was told of her decision yesterday.
Williams, who turned 33 on Monday, was bothered
by her back during a first-round loss at the French
Open last month, then cited that injury when she
and her younger sister Serena withdrew from the
doubles competition in Paris.
The older Williams played at Wimbledon each of
the last 16 years---never missing it since her debut
in 1997. She won the title in 2000-01, 2005 and
pulls out of Wimbledon
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