Haas, Lopez march on putting aside injuries

Agence France Presse

Stockholm, October 21

Tommy Haas and Feliciano Lopez put aside last week’s injury dramas in Asia as the pair of seeds returned to apparent robust health with wins into the second round of the Stockholm Open today.

The No 2 Haas and the eighth-ranked Lopez both secured straight-set success at the Kungligahallen with neither man requiring more than an hour on court. Haas, who withdrew after one losing set against Rainer Schuettler last week in the Shanghai second round, showed perfect fitness as he crushed 17 aces in 55 minutes in his 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Frenchman Florent Serra.

Lopez, seeded eighth, moved through nicely four days after pulling up lame in the Shanghai semi-finals to hand Rafael Nadal a 6-1, 3-0 result, and was light on his feet in a defeat of Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-4. Germany’s Haas now stands 2-0 over Serra, the world No 68, with the Florida-based seed a two-time Stockholm semi-finalist from 2004 and 2007.

Haas said that his earlier shoulder problem now appears to be under control after his precautionary withdrawal in Shanghai. Serra dropped to 21-27 on the season after last winning an

ATP-level match in the Us open first round. Haas will next

face Jarkko Nieminen, back in

action after a wrist injury

which kept the Finn away

for nearly four months followed by a recent virus form which he only recovered in time to play a Danish Challenger last week.

Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW: Defending champion Jelena Jankovic is into the second round of the Kremlin Cup after a battling three-set defeat of Jaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan here on Tuesday.

The second seeded Jankovic, who is seeking a place in the season-ending WTA championships at Doha, won 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 to record her second win over Shvedova, ranked 50th, in three meetings. Top seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia, who is also targeting the last remaining place in the Doha field, is also into the second round after beating Romania’s Ioana Raluca Olaru 6-2, 6-2.

On the men’s side Wayne Odesnik of the United States

battled back from a set down to produce the biggest upset

at the event so far ousting

second seed Victor Hanescu of Romania 5-7, 7-5, 6-4. Another American Robby Ginepri, 92nd

in the ATP rankings, saw off fourth seed Russian Igor Andreev, 2005 champion here, in a tough three-setter 6-3, 6-7 (9/11), 7-6 (7/1). Sixth seed Serb Janko Tipsarevic and the local crowd’s favourite Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, the seventh seed,

both advanced into the second round beating Daniel Koellerer of Austria 6-4, 6-3 and Russian wild card Andrey Kuznetsov 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 respectively.