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Soderling struggles to oust qualifier at U.S. Open

08-31-2010 15:07 BJT

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling of Sweden reached the second round of the U.S. Open edging out a big-serving qualifier, who's 214th in the rankings.

The number 5 seed Soderling hurt himself with 13 double-faults but outlasted Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Monday.

The 23-year-old Haider-Maurer was making his Grand Slam debut and facing a top-10 opponent for the first time.

Soderling appeared to be dominant, taking the opening two sets and then holding four match points in the third, but Haider-Maurer charged back, hitting 34 aces, 26 more than Soderling.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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