Coria, Henman ousted in first round

French Open finalist Guillermo Coria and semifinalist Tim Henman lose opening matches at the Queen's Club grass-court tournament.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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French Open finalist Guillermo Coria and semifinalist Tim Henman lost their opening round matches on Wednesday at the Queen's Club grass-court tournament. The fourth-seeded Henman, a grass-court specialist and four-time Wimbledon semifinalist, was eliminated by Slovakia's Karol Beck 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6) after holding a match point while Coria lost to 102nd-ranked Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 6-2, 6-4. Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, a three-time Queen's champion, beat Marc Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-2. Fifth-seeded Sebastien Grosjean of France beat Australian qualifier Todd Reid 6-3, 6-1, and Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan downed South Africa's Wesley Moodie 6-3, 6-2. Argentina's Guillermo Coria lost the last five games of the first set and was broken in the seventh game of the second set. It was his second loss in four days on Wednesday, slumping to Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 6-2 6-4. Coria didn't earn a break point against Lu, playing his first ATP tour match of the season. "At the start I felt a little bit nervous because it was the first time I played a top ten player, and also the first time I played at an ATP tournament. So, I didn't think too much, I just come here and have the experience for the first time," said Yen-Hsun Lu. Hewitt wins On centre court, former number one Lleyton Hewitt of Australia breezed through his match against Spain's Marc Lopez. The three-time champion at the Queen's Club was too strong as he easily won 6-3 6-2 in 57 minutes. The sixth seed and Wimbledon champion in 2002, is looking to do well at Wimbledon. "Get as good a preparation for Wimbledon in a week-and-a-half time as possible, and you want to get as many matches as possible, but then again, if things don't go right you've still got a week or so to get on the practice court and work on it. So it's always nice to get as many matches as possible before Wimbledon but I don't think it is the be-all-and-end-all," Lleyton Hewitt said. Hewitt's fellow-Australian Todd Reid did not do so well, and lost 6-3 6-1 to last year's runner-up Sebastien Grosjean of France. Henman looks to Wimbledon Britain's number one, Tim Henman could not repeat his good form at the French Open and lost to Slovak Karol Beck 6-2 3-6 7-6 (8-6). He was outplayed in the first set, recovered in the second, tried hard to take the third, but in the end could not stop his opponent. Henman insisted his Wimbledon hopes would not be affected by the loss. "I'm disappointed right now, but in the context of my Wimbledon preparation, I don't think it will have any bearing at all," Tim Henman said. Meanwhile in other second-round matches Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan defeated South Africa's Wesley Moodie 6-3, 6-2. (AP)