Moya crashes out of Aus Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:47 IST

The first major upset at the Australian Open occurred, with the former world number one Carlos Moya of Spain crashing out of the championship.

Moya crashes out of Aus Open

Melbourne:

The first major upset at the Australian Open occurred, with the former world number one Carlos Moya of Spain crashing out of the championship. He was taking on fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, appearing in only his third grand slam match and had to win three matches just to qualify for the main draw. But the 21-year-old showed no sign of nerves as he took the first two sets 7-5, 6-3. Moya won the third 6-3 but Garcia-Lopez, ranked 128th at the end of 2004, broke the former French Open champion's service in the eighth game of the fourth set. He then served out the match, making the most of a booming forehand and 43 winners. Moya's surprise defeat was his first against another Spaniard since October 2003 while Garcia-Lopez will now face Kevin Kim in the second round. Japan's Ai Sugiyama became the first seeded casualty in the women's tournament when the number 16 was beaten 7-5 6-4 by Slovakian Martina Sucha on showcourt three. Sucha reached the fourth round back in 2002 but since then has failed to get past the opening round. (AP)

Topics : Tennis
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