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TOKYO---Venus Williams upset top-
seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4
yesterday to advance to the third
round of the Pan Pacific Open.
Williams, making her first appear-
ance in the Tokyo tournament since
2009, took advantage of six-double
faults by Azarenka, who struggled
with her game from the outset at Ari-
Azarenka said after yesterday s
match that she wasn t well and hadn t
been able to practice for three days
because of her condition.
"She didn t seem like herself at all,"
Williams said. "Hitting the double-
faults, I could tell she wasn t feeling
her best. I am not sure what was
bothering her but I hope she feels
Azarenka, who lost to Serena
Williams in the final of the US Open,
broke Williams to make it 4-4 in the
second set after trailing 4-2. But
Williams came right back in the next
game to go up 5-4 ad then served out
to win the match in one hour, 21 min-
"I didn t sleep at all last night,"
Azarenka said. "You can t play at 20
per cent against one of the top players.
I ve been feeling bad for a couple of
days and it just got worse today."
In 2011, Williams withdrew before
her second-round match at the US
Open because of Sjogren s syndrome,
an autoimmune disease and came into
the Tokyo tournament 63rd in the
"I ve had some issues to say the
least," Williams said. "But I like to
think that builds character and I ve
got a whole lot of character. I m get-
ting better every tournament, my serve
is better, my back is better, a lot of
things are getting better."
Williams next faces No 13-seeded
Simona Halep of Romania, who
defeated Germany s Andrea Petkovic
7-6 (4), 6-3.
In other second-round matches,
second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska
of Poland defeated Canada s Alek-
sandra Wozniak 7-6 (5), 6-0. Fourth-
seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Den-
mark overpowered Flavia Pennetta
Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced
by beating third-seeded Sara Errani
of Italy 6-4, 6-4.
Kuznetsova, a two-time major win-
ner, hit seven aces in the match. The
Russian and will next face 15th-seeded
Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Cirstea
beat Japanese wild-card entry Misaki
Doi 6-1, 6-2.
Canada s Eugenie Bouchard defeat-
ed ninth-seeded Sloane Stephens of
the United States 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-3.
Bouchard will next play sixth-seeded
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, who beat
Japan s Ayumi Morita 6-4, 6-1.
Other winners include Samantha
Stosur, Ana Ivanovic, Dominika
Cibulkova and Madison Keys.
LONDON---Britain is turning to
the top official in Canadian tennis
to improve its fortunes on the world
Michael Downey was hired as the
chief executive of Britain s Lawn
Tennis Association yesterday, ending
his nine-year tenure as president
and chief executive of Tennis Cana-
da.Despite being extremely well
funded, mainly due to the profits
handed down from Wimbledon,
British tennis has little top-level tal-
ent outside Andy Murray, who this
year became Britain s first men s
singles winner at the All England
Club since 1936.
The 38th-ranked Laura Robson is
the only Briton in the women s top
"The opportunity that Andy Mur-
ray is now a Wimbledon champion,
two-time grand slam champion, is
immense for tennis in Britain," said
Downey, who was formerly the
regional president for Canada s
largest brewery, Molson Canada.
"Andy Murray s biggest contri-
bution to tennis in Britain is winning.
That s when you want to write about
him, that s when people want to fol-
low him, that s when kids are going
to go out, pick up racquets and want
to be Andy Murray. And I believe
there s a bevy of young talent that s
coming up in Great Britain that is
going to follow Andy Murray to the
Downey will take up his new role
on January 6 as the replacement for
Roger Draper, who announced in
March that he was stepping down.
In 2012, the LTA invested 73.2
million pounds ($109 million) but
with little tangible reward. Murray,
who has been brought through large-
ly outside the LTA structure, is the
only British man in the top 150 in
The LTA said Canadian tennis
enjoyed significant growth at the
grassroots and elite level under
Downey, with more than 1.2 million
people playing tennis at least twice
"This sport has far more impor-
tance in Britain than in Canada,"
Downey said. "The expectation will
be higher of myself in this position."
LTA chairman David Gregson said
Downey s annual salary will be
300,000 pounds ($480,000)---less
than half of what Draper was earn-
"We set out to recruit a CEO with
true success in business, with excep-
tional leadership credentials and ide-
ally with significant knowledge of
tennis," Gregson said. "Michael
demonstrably fits the bill perfectly
and was the unanimous choice of
our recruitment panel."
LONDON---A tennis tribunal says
Marin Cilic hid behind the excuse of
a knee injury to withdraw from
Wimbledon this year to avoid neg-
ative publicity after failing a doping
The Croatian player was suspended
for nine months last week by the
International Tennis Federation after
testing positive for a banned stimulant
at a tournament in Munich in May.
The ITF s anti-doping tribunal
released its findings of the case yes-
terday, saying Cilic pulled out of Wim-
bledon before his second-round match
against Kenny de Schepper on the
same day he accepted a provisional
doping suspension and waived his
right to testing of his backup "B sam-
The statement says Cilic "withdrew
from Wimbledon, citing a knee injury
to avoid adverse publicity."
The ITF has accepted the player s
contention that he ingested the stim-
ulant inadvertently in a glucose tablet
and wasn t trying to cheat.
BANGKOK---Bernard Tomic of Aus-
tralia advanced to the second round
of the Thailand Open when Ivo
Karlovic of Croatia retired with a back
injury while trailing 6-7 (3), 6-4, 4-
Tomic, a quarterfinalist in Bangkok
last year, will next face Gilles Simon
of France. Other winners include Lukas
Lacko of Slovakia, Go Soeda of Japan,
Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, Lukas
Rosol of the Czech Republic.
Tomic reaches 2nd round at Thailand Open
Cilic cited injury to hide failed drug test
third round in Tokyo
Venus Williams of the United States returns the ball against Victoria Azarenka
of Belarus during their second round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis
tournament in Tokyo yesterday. AP PHOTO
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