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Ivanisevic Steps Closer to Retiring

March 27, 2004|From Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Recurring shoulder trouble forced Goran Ivanisevic out of the Nasdaq-100 Open Friday, and he said he won't return.

"I know that it's my last Key Biscayne for sure," he said.

Ivanisevic retired from his second-round match after losing a set to Spain's Rafael Nadal, 6-4. The injury-plagued Croatian has played only nine matches since the beginning of 2003 and has hinted at retiring after one more appearance at Wimbledon.

Second-round men's upsets included Austrian Jurgen Melzer's 7-6 (3), 2-6, 7-6 (4) victory over No. 7-seeded Tim Henman of England and French qualifier Julien Benneteau's 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 16 Mardy Fish.

No. 3 Guillermo Coria of Argentina and No. 17 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia advanced to the third round.

On the women's side, No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 4 Jennifer Capriati advanced to the third round. No. 6 Ai Sugiyama of Japan lost to Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela, 6-1, 7-5.

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