Wawrinka, Ferrer, Halep advance at US Open

Wawrinka, Ferrer, Halep advance at US Open

New York, Aug 31 (IANS) Spanish players Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez were among the winners in the men’s first-round matches at the US Open in Flushing Meadow here.

The third-seed Wawrinka, who reached the semi-finals last year, defeated Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours and 17 minutes.

The Swiss player survived four break points and broke Verdasco twice.

On the other hand, Ferrer eased past Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov, who was trailing 6-5 in the first set when he retired due to an injury.

Another Spaniard, 16th-seeded Feliciano Lopez won in similar fashion, falling behind 3-4 in the first set to Borna Coric before the Croatian was forced to retire because of injury.

In the women’s category, fifth-seed Simona Halep and 11th seed Carla Suarez Navarro advanced to the second round.

Halep rolled over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-2 to claim her spot in the second round while Suarez Navarro, playing in her ninth US Open, dominated Teliana Pereira of Brazil 6-0, 6-0 to advance.

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