Rain Curtails Queen’s Club Day
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LONDON (AP) _ Rain disrupted the opening day at the London Grass Court Championships at Queens Club on Monday, with just five of 16 scheduled matches completed.
Two seeds managed to advance, as 1992 champion and No. 10 seed Wayne Ferreira of South Africa ousted Georgia’s Irakli Labadze 6-4, 6-2, and 16th-seeded Sargis Sargsian of Armenia beat Austria’s Julian Knowle 7-6 (10-8), 6-1.
In the only other completed matches, American Cecil Mamiit fought off a set point at 5-4 in the second set to overcome Britain’s Jamie Delgado 6-4, 7-6 (7-0); Swiss veteran Marc Rosset had 14 aces as he defeated Briton Arvind Parmar 7-6 (7-3), 6-3; and Australia’s Mark Philippoussis, who won the title in 1997 and is still returning to form following knee surgery, had consecutive aces to finish a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Britain’s Martin Lee.
In an unfinished match, Belgium’s Olivier Rochus, seeded 14th, took the first set 6-2 from Noam Okun of Israel, and was in a tiebreak in the second.
Lleyton Hewitt, who has won this pre-Wimbledon event the past two years, beating Pete Sampras in 2000 and Tim Henman in 2001, is the top seed one and plays wither American qualifier Mardy Fish or Andre Sa of Brazil in the second round.
Henman is the No. 2 seed, and will take on French Open junior champion Richard Gasquet or South Africa’s Neville Godwin.