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Taiwanese player ousted on return to Wimbledon

2012/06/25 22:54:15

London, June 25 (CNA) Taiwanese Jimmy Wang was eliminated from the Wimbledon Championships after a straight-set loss to world No. 16 Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5 of Spain on Monday, in Wang's first match at the tennis mecca in five years.

Wang, who had not played a Wimbledon match since 2007 when he suffered an elbow injury, saved four set points in the first set and had a chance to level at 6-5. But the 17th seeded Spanish player won the breaker 7-3.

The 207th-ranked Wang, once heralded as Taiwan's hope in men's tennis, regained some form in the third set by coming from behind to level at 5-5. However, Verdasco broke Wang's serve to win the 12th game and closed the match at 7-5.

The Spaniard hit 12 aces throughout the match while Wang had none.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's top male player Lu Yen-hsun was scheduled to play against Ryan Harrison of the U.S. later in the day. Lu lost to the American in the second round of the AEGON Championships earlier this month.

(By Jennifer Huang & Kendra Lin)
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