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TOKYO---Venus Williams rallied
from a set down to defeat Simona
Halep of Romania 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
yesterday and reach the quarter-
finals of the Pan Pacific Open.
Williams, making her first
appearance in the Tokyo tourna-
ment since 2009, broke serve to
lead 5-3 in the third set at Ariake
Colosseum and then won with a
crosscourt forehand that No 13-
seeded Halep hit into the net.
"It was a very tough match,"
Williams said. "She played very
well. I don t know how I was able
to win the match. I just wanted to
stay in Japan longer."
Williams, who ousted top-seeded
Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday, will
face Canada s Eugenie Bouchard in
Bouchard upset sixth-seeded
Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2.
Making her debut in the Tokyo
tournament, Bouchard broke
Jankovic to go up 5-2 in the second
set and then held serve to win.
Jankovic had a 5-4 lead in the
first set but Bouchard won the last
three games after a talk with her
"I felt like I wasn t playing my
best in the first set," Bouchard said.
"But I stayed with her and started
to get a lot more aggressive near
the end of the first set and that
was the turning point."
Bouchard, who is 46th in the
world rankings, said winning last
year s junior Wimbledon title has
given her confidence to compete
at a higher level.
"That gave me a lot of confidence
to play in the pros," Bouchard said.
"Playing week in, week out against
the top players has made me a bet-
In other third-round matches,
fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki
defeated Magdalena Rybarikova 6-
1, 6-1, and second-seeded Agniesz-
ka Radwanska beat Dominika
Cibulkova 6-3, 6-4.
Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber
of Germany overpowered No. 11-
seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 6-
4, 6-2, and Lucie Safarova of the
Czech Republic beat No. 12-seeded
Samantha Stosur of Australia, 6-
Youzhny of Russia overcame ill-
ness to advance to the second
round of the Thailand Open yes-
terday, beating Paolo Lorenzi of
Italy 6-3, 6-2.
Youzhny, a US Open quarterfi-
nalist, says "actually I was sick last
night. Even now I m not feeling
very well. I had to ask for a late
start because I needed a doctor to
give me a shot and to recover and
Youzhny will next face Denis
Istomin of Uzbekistan. Istomin beat
Jeong Suk-young of South Korea
Also, Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan
defeated Evgeny Donskoy of Russia
In the second round, Robin
Haase of the Netherlands beat Igor
Sijsling 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (2), and
sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of
Spain defeated Japanese qualifier
Go Soeda 7-5 (6) 6-3.
ST ANDREWS---Paul Lawrie
expressed his disappointment yes-
terday that eight of his Ryder Cup
teammates have snubbed next
week s Seve Trophy in France.
Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Graeme
McDowell, Luke Donald, Lee West-
wood and Ian Poulter won t be play-
ing for Britain and Ireland despite
being the team s six leading qualifiers.
Sergio Garcia and Peter Hansen have
declined places in the Continental
The Seve Trophy, which is played
in non-Ryder Cup years, is named
after the late Spanish golfer Seve
Ballesteros, who died in 2011 from
complications of a cancerous brain
"I think it s extremely disappoint-
ing that a lot of the guys are not
playing," Lawrie said. "I m not having
a go at them, but I just think certainly
with Seve s name attached to it and
the idea behind the tournament, it s
kind of the equivalent of the Pres-
idents Cup for the American boys.
"So for many of our boys not to
want to play for an event that not
only carry s Seve s name, but you get
handsomely paid to play in it as well,
I don t understand it. It s disappoint-
ing for everyone involved in it; for
the (European) Tour, who have done
a great job putting it on, and for Seve
and his family. It s Seve s name. I
mean, my God, most of us are out
there playing because of what Seve
did years ago."
Henrik Stenson, who topped the
list of qualifiers for Continental
Europe after winning the FedEx Cup,
also has declined to play at the Saint-
Nom-la-Breteche course outside
"I would walk to Paris to play on
the team next week, and I would
have done whatever it would have
taken to play on that team next
week," Lawrie added.
Ryder Cup-winning captains Jose
Maria Olazabal (Europe) and Sam
Torrance (Britain and Ireland) will
take charge of the teams for the Octo-
ber 3-6 event.
Britain and Ireland is the reigning
at Pan Pacific Open
Venus Williams of USA
returns the ball against
Simona Halep of Romania
during their third round
match of the Pan Pacific
Open tennis tournament in
Tokyo, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Youzhny advances in Bangkok
Lawrie unhappy at Seve Trophy snub
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