MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Top-seeded Andy Roddick moved into the
quarterfinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships with a 7-6
(2), 6-4 victory over Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan on Thursday night.
Roddick, pushed to three challenging sets in a first-round win
over James Blake, advanced to the quarterfinals in Memphis for the
ninth straight year. Roddick, the world's seventh-ranked player, is
the tournament's defending champion.
Roddick relied on 10 aces and a key break of serve to beat Lu,
who at No. 114, was one of the lowest-ranked players in the 32-man
After failing to break Lu on seven earlier opportunities,
Roddick converted on the eighth by double-fault. The mistake by Lu
gave Roddick a 5-4 lead in the second set. He served out for the
match, winning on an ace.
"It was good. But if I want to go further in this tournament
I've got to do better on break points," Roddick said. "That was
really ordinary. The one I ended up getting was because he doubled.
"I'm doing a good job of getting (break points). I feel like
I'm in every (opponent's) service game, but I can't miss
second-serve returns at 15-30 or 30-all. I'm very close to playing
really well. It's just a matter of tightening things up to make
Other seeds advancing to the quarterfinals were No. 5 Tomas
Berdych and No. 8 Sam Querrey. Berdych defeated unseeded American
Michael Russell, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Querrey beat Argentina's
Leonardo Mayer, 6-4, 6-0.
In the women's portion of the event - the Cellular South Cup -
top-seeded Maria Sharapova continued her dominating march with a
6-2, 7-5 victory against Elena Baltacha of Great Britain to reach
Sharapova, the world's 16th-ranked player, has not dropped a set
and lost only 11 games in three matches in her first tournament
since losing in the first round of the Australian Open last month.
Second-seeded Melanie Oudin, the 18-year-old American who
stunned Sharapova at last year's U.S. Open, was upset in the
quarterfinals by qualifier and 2006 Memphis champion Sofia
Arvidsson of Sweden. Arvidsson, who barely made it to Memphis in
time to compete in the qualifying, won 6-1, 6-3.
Arvidsson, ranked 139th, had to rush from a $100,000 total prize
money minor tour event in Midland, Mich., to participate in the
qualifying, which began Friday.
"I didn't arrive until an hour and a half before my
qualifying," she said. "I almost didn't make it into the
tournament. I've been lucky this week. I've been fighting through
my matches. It's been unbelievable."