Davenport Qualifies as Opponent Retires, Kuerten Advances

Published June 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Reigning champion Lindsay Davenport of the United States reached the second round of the women's singles at Wimbledon on Tuesday after close friend and fellow American Corina Morariu retired with a shoulder injury. 

Davenport was comfortably leading Morariu 6-3, 1-0 before Morariu was forced to pull out.  

Morariu, who partnered Davenport to victory in the doubles in London 12 months ago, fell awkwardly and defaulted after prolonged courtside treatment on Center Court. 

Davenport hurried over to comfort her injured friend, who eventually got up, and walked slowly to her courtside chair, where she received attention from a trainer and doctor.  

 

KUERTEN ADVANCES TO SECOND ROUND 

 

Fourth-seeded Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten moved into the second round of Wimbledon Tuesday after beating American Chris Woodruff 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)  

The French Open champion destroyed Woodruff with a flurry of 29 aces. 

 

RUSEDSKI DUMPED BY SPADEA 

 

Twenty-five year-old American Vince Spadea dumped 14th seed Briton Greg Rusedski out of Wimbledon in the first round.  

Spadea won an epic lasting nearly four hours 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 9-7.  

 

NEW JAPANESE STAR ON HER WAY 

 

Shinobu Asagoe struck another blow for Japanese women's tennis coming through the first round at Wimbledon with a 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Tara Snyder of the United States in London Tuesday. 

Asagoe, 24 on Wednesday, gave herself an early birthday present and followed compatriot and leading female Japanese tennis player Ai Sugiyama into the second round - (Several Sources) 

 

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