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Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich’s first match back as full-time partners ended in
disappointment on Wednesday, with the Israeli duo falling 7-6 (1), 6-2, to Lukas
Dlouhy and Paul Hanley in the first round of the Brisbane
After more than two years with other partners, Ram and
Erlich will play together throughout 2011, with their next stop being Sydney,
where they will play their final warm-up tournament before the Australian Open
starts on January 17.
Meanwhile, defending champion Andy Roddick advanced
to the quarterfinals of the singles tournament in Brisbane, hitting 15 aces to
beat Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6- 4, 6-1.
The second-seeded Roddick
controlled the match with his powerful serve, landing 71 percent of his first
serves and winning 87 percent of those points.
His barrage of aces helped
victims of devastating flooding in Australia’s Queensland and New South Wales
states after he pledged to donate $100 for every ace he serves at the Brisbane
Sam Stosur of Australia, the top-seeded women’s player, made
the same pledge but was eliminated in the second round.
“A lot of the
credit should go to Sam Stosur,” Roddick said. “It was her initiative. She came
up with the idea and I was happy to follow her lead.”
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