Soderling off to flying start

Soderling off to flying start

The Swede, who has contested the last two finals at Roland Garros, came good on Tuesday after his early exit at the Australian Open, when he was upset by Ukrainian Alexandr Dolopolov in the fourth round.

The number four will next play German Philipp Kohlschreiber, a winner over Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen scored an upset as he eliminated Australian Open semifinalist David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4. The third-seeded Spaniard who knocked out Rafael Nadal in the Melbourne quarterfinals was unable to mount a fightback from 3-1 up in the second set against Nieminen after losing the opener. Nieminen, 43rd, next faces Serb Viktor Troicki.
Two other seeds went through in their opening matches, with number seven Ivan Ljubicic defeating Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 and French eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcoming Bulgarian talent Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4. German Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Mattek-Sands advances

Bethanie Mattek-Sands set up a second-round meeting with Maria Sharapova at the Paris Open with a blistering 6-0, 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro on Tuesday.
World number 17 Kaia Kanepi made sure she progressed with a 7-6, 6-2 first-round win over Anastasija Sevastova. Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova swatted aside Russian qualifier Vesna Manasieva 7-5, 6-4 while Jelena Dokic fought back to beat Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one of the best matches of the day albeit infront of a sparse crowd. Eigth seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia outclassed Croatian Ana Vrljic 6-0, 6-2.

Second seed Sharapova had a bye in the first round and skipped a scheduled news conference on Tuesday because she was unwell. However, she plans to play Mattek-Sands on Thursday.

Lacko upsets Querrey

At the San Jose Open, third-seeded Sam Querrey was upset by Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 7-6, 6-3. In other matches, Lithuanian Richard Berankis beat sixth-seeded Benjamin Becker 6-3, 7-6, Kei Nishikori beat Jan Hajek 6-1, 7-6, Brian Dabul defeated Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-3 and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro knocked off Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 6-2.