Hewitt advances in US Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

There were mixed fortunes for Australia in the early action on day three of the US Open.

Hewitt advances in US Open

New York:

There were mixed fortunes for Australia in the early action on day three of the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York. Lleyton Hewitt progressed to the second round, but Mark Philippoussis was forced to retire. Hewitt, who waited for two days to start his US Open campaign, raced past experienced South African Wayne Ferreira 6-1, 7-5, 6-4. But there was less good news for Australia elsewhere, as 1998 runner-up Mark Philippoussis retired injured in the fifth set of his first-round match against Russian Nikolay Davydenko. Philippoussis was leading two sets to one when he twice needed lengthy treatment on his left hip. Davydenko snatched a fourth set tiebreak and, although a clearly hampered Philippoussis struggled on, he conceded when trailing 4-1 in the decider. In women's singles, Alicia Molik became the latest seed to crash out. The seventeenth-seed was upset by Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 6-3. (AP)

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