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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Dementieva upset in first round

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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 07:16 AM
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- French Open finalist Elena Dementieva of Russia was upset in the first round of the Olympic tennis tournament, losing to Alicia Molik of Australia 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 Monday.

At a nearly empty Court 1, whipping winds gave Dementieva, the silver medalist at the 2000 Sydney Games, plenty of trouble with her serving -- already the weakest part of her game. Nearly each ball toss was an adventure, with the fourth-seeded Russian having to lean awkwardly just to make contact on serves.

Dementieva resorted to just getting the ball in court, sometimes tapping in second serves at about 60 mph.

Molik, who's ranked 24th, broke Dementieva's serve six times and was never broken herself over the last two sets.

Two other seeded players were eliminated in early action: No. 13 Andre Pavel of Romania and No. 13 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi of Israel.

Pavel fell 6-4, 6-7 (10), 6-2 to the tallest player on the ATP Tour, 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. Karlovic is best known for beating 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round at the All England Club last year.

Smashnova-Pistolesi lost to Tathiana Garbin of Italy 6-2, 6-1. Garbin stunned defending champion and top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne in the second round of the French Open in May.

In other early action, No. 9 Nadia Petrova of Russia advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Martina Sucha of Slovakia, and No. 15 Tommy Robredo of Spain defeated Lamine Ouahab of Algeria 6-3, 6-4.

Also, Vince Spadea of the United States beat Jurgen Melzer 6-0, 6-1, while Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia eliminated Sargis Sargsian of Armenia 6-3, 6-4.

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