Coria-Srichapan to clash

Guillermo Coria has cruised through to the second round of the World Indoor Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:49 IST
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The 2005 World Indoor Tennis tournament got underway in Rotterdam on Monday. And Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan was keen to book an early place in the second round as he took on Igor Andreev of Russia. The Thai number one fell at the first hurdle here last year to another Russian, Nikolay Davidenko, and didn't want to see that happen again. But it took him 66 minutes to win the first set on a tiebreak, Andreev netting an easy approach when 5-6 down. The Russian recovered though, and broke serve twice in the second set as Srichaphan's game fell apart. 26 minutes later and the match was level at one set all, Andreev taking it 6-1. The decider looked like it was heading for a tiebreak, just like the first. Srichapan pleased But at 5-6 down, Andreev lost his serve when a weak backhand went into the net on the 25th stroke of the rally and Srichaphan was handed the match 7-6, 1-6, 7-5 in two hours and 26 minutes. After his trademark bow to the crowd, Srichaphan appeared pleased with his day's work. "Well, for sure, it's always nice to win and it's always nice to win in the first round because the opening match is always tough. It was a close match and I'm glad that I won that," he said. Srichaphan earned a match against the winner of the first round encounter between Guillermo Coria, the number two seed, and Dutch wild card Raemon Sluiter. Sluiter loses Coria got off to the better start, breaking serve twice to take the first set 6-2 in a little over half an hour. With the crowd behind him, and having had the experience of reaching the final here two years ago, Sluiter could have been a dangerous opponent. And indeed he did put up stiffer resistance in the second set, but a single break was all that Coria needed. A wayward forehand from the Dutchman brought the match to a close in 1 hour 26 minutes, 6-2, 6-4. Coria dispelled any doubts about his fitness, with the shoulder that gave him so much trouble last year appearing to function well. The 23-year-old Argentine will be looking forward to his second round encounter with Srichaphan, although the pair have never met on the ATP circuit before. (AP)