Tennis-France's Pouille claims first ATP title in Metz
PARIS, Sept 25 Frenchman Lucas Pouille claimed his first ATP title by beating Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem 7-6(5) 6-2 in the Moselle Open final in Metz on Sunday.
MIAMI, March 21 World number two Li Na advanced to the third round of the Sony Open on Friday without hitting a single ball when Russia's Alisa Kleybanova withdrew because of a viral illness.
After a first round bye, the Australian Open winner was supposed to lead off what has been dubbed the 'parade of champions' on the Crandon Park centre court.
Even without Li, however, the lineup remains a mouth-watering one with 17-times grand slam winner Roger Federer, world number two Novak Djokovic, three-times Miami winner Venus Williams and defending champion Andy Murray all in action.
Kleybanova, who is fighting her way back up the rankings after battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, handed her Chinese opponent a walkover due to a viral infection.
Slovakian 10th seed Dominika Cibulkova, who lost the Australian Open final to Li, sped past Austria's Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-2 to reach the third round while 13th seeded Italian Roberta Vinci was stopped 6-4 2-6 7-5 by Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. (Reporting by Steve Keating, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
Sept 25 (Gracenote) - Result from the Metz International Men's Singles Final on Sunday 3-Lucas Pouille (France) beat 1-Dominic Thiem (Austria) 7-6(5) 6-2
Sept 25 (Gracenote) - Results from the Wuhan Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Sunday Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-1 6-2 Louisa Chirico (U.S.) beat 12-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) 6-3 4-3 (Bacsinszky retired) Irina Begu (Romania) beat Elizaveta Kulichkova (Russia) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-2 9-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 6-3 3-4 (Bencic retired) 13-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Monica Puig (