Isner out in Sydney as withdrawals continue

Wed Jan 9, 2013 8:22am EST
 

By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Top seed John Isner was knocked out of the Sydney International by compatriot Ryan Harrison on Wednesday but at least he got out on court on a day when injury withdrawals continued to ravage Australian Open warm-up tournaments.

World number five David Ferrer remained on course for his fourth Auckland Open title, albeit after a tough 6-4 2-6 6-3 battle against Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun in his first outing of the year.

Agnieszka Radwanska, the women's top seed in Sydney, set up a semi-final against China's Li Na after both won their quarter-finals in much cooler conditions than the 40 degrees Celsius heat which threatened to suffocate the players on Tuesday.

Sydney men's second seed Gilles Simon pulled out before his last 16 match because of a neck injury, while Kei Nishikori and world number nine Janko Tipsarevic became the second and third players to quit the eight-man Kooyong Classic exhibition event.

All are expected to play at Melbourne Park next week.

World number 13 Isner, however, was hampered by a bone bruise to his right leg in his 6-4 6-4 defeat to qualifier Harrison and was left thinking about pulling out of the year's first grand slam.

"It's better. Definitely better than I thought, but it's not 100 percent," the American told reporters. "I don't know. I've got a decision to make shortly.

"Certainly I could win a match maybe, a match or two. I don't see myself winning the whole tournament at this point, that's for sure."   Continued...

 
John Isner of U.S. reacts during his men's singles match against compatriot Ryan Harrison at the Sydney International tennis tournament January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz