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Soderling wins opener, Ferrer out

sports Updated: Feb 10, 2011 00:48 IST

Defending champion Robin Soderling made a storming start to his title defence at the ABN-AMRO World Tennis as he crushed Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 6-2.

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

He 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 semi-finalist David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4. Nieminen, 43rd, next faces Serb Viktor Troicki. In another match Ivan Ljubicic defeating Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

Lacko, Del Potro win
San Jose, California:
Slovakia's Lukas Lacko toppled third-seeded American Sam Querrey 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, one of three first-round upsets of seeded players in the ATP Tour SAP Open on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, big-serving Milos Raonic of Canada ousted fourth-seeded Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4. Lacko, whose prior best victory came against world number 24 Ivan Ljubicic at Zagreb last year, next faces former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.

New record by Preeja
New Delhi: International distance runner Preeja Sreedharan of Southern Railway set a new meet record clocking 34:00.28 in the women's 10,000m in the 76th All India Railway Athletics meet in Chennai. BG Nagraj and S Geetha emerged the fastest runner.