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Krajicek out of Wimbledon after Ordina Open defeat

Former champion Richard Krajicek pulled out of Wimbledon after he was beaten 6-4, 7-6 by Frenchman Olivier Mutis at the Ordina Open.

tennis Updated: Jun 18, 2003 10:26 IST

Former champion Richard Krajicek pulled out of Wimbledon on Tuesday after he was beaten 6-4 7-6 by Frenchman Olivier Mutis at the Ordina Open.

The Dutchman struggled with his game throughout and his usually dependable serve coughed up 13 double faults in the first-round defeat.

Krajicek's coach Rohan Goetzke said the 1996 Wimbledon champion was still suffering from a longstanding elbow injury.

"It's not like it gets better if he doesn't train," Goetzke told reporters after confirming his Wimbledon withdrawal. "He would need an injection to play Wimbledon and he doesn't want to do that."

Wimbledon's referee's office said later that Krajicek had informed the club of his decision not to play in the tournament which starts on Monday.

Krajicek was set for a second round clash with top seed and defending champion Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon after Tuesday's draw.

"I've been struggling with my serve for six months now," Krajicek said after his defeat by Mutis.

"My elbow just won't allow me to serve too much in one day and I just can't get the timing right."

Krajicek's withdrawal, which leaves only two former champions, Hewitt and Andre Agassi, in the men's singles draw, also overshadowed the grasscourt debut of another Dutchman, Martin Verkerk.

Having lost his only two previous grand slam matches, the 24-year-old provided the story of the French Open as he went all the way to the final before losing out to Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Verkerk was probably glad of Krajicek's withdrawal as he suffered a 3-6 6-4 7-6 defeat to German Lars Burgsmueller on Tuesday.

With his big serve working superbly, he made a great start to take the first set but as the match went on, the mistakes began to flow.

Having levelled at one set apiece, Burgsmueller surrendered a 4-2 lead in the decider, but then saved two match points to take the final set on a tiebreak.


Sebastian Grosjean, runner-up to Andy Roddick in the Stella Artois Championship, ousted German Philipp Petzschner 6-2 5-7 6-3.

Arnaud Clement, a semi-finalist in Halle last week, cruised past Dutch wildcard Fred Hemmes Jr 6-2 6-3 to make it three Frenchmen into the last 16.

In the women's event, third seed Amelie Mauresmo recovered from a nightmare start to beat compatriot Marion Bartoli 1-6 7-6 6-4.

"For my first grasscourt match, I'm actually pretty happy that I found a little bit of my rhythm," Mauresmo said. "In the second and third sets I started to play pretty well."

Fifth seed Nadia Petrova struggled to a 6-4 3-6 6-2 win over Angelique Widjaja of Indonesia, while Barbara Rittner, Els Callens and Maria-Antonia Sanchez-Lorenzo also advanced.

Top seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium will open her title bid on Wednesday with a second-round match against Cara Black of Zimbabwe.

First Published: Jun 18, 2003 10:26 IST