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Tennis: Ferrero Makes Early Exit at Japan Open


Second seed and world number six ranked Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero has made an early exit from the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo after losing 6-3, 6-3 to Swedish qualifier Magnus Norman.

In a second-round match Thursday, Norman blasted 13 aces past Ferrero, who won a tournament last week in Hong Kong.

In other men's action, Martin Verkerk of the Netherlands upset sixth seeded American James Blake 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, and eighth seed Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand beat Lars Burgsmuller of Germany 6-3, 6-4.

Also, Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen dismissed 11th seed Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, while Japan's Takao Suzuki won a second set tiebreaker to defeat American Brian Vahaly 6-3, 7-6. Cecil Mamiit of the United States won only one game in a quick 6-0, 6-1 straight sets loss to Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela.

On the women's side, hometown favorite and top seed Ai Sugiyama beat unseeded countrywoman Akiko Morigami in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, and American Sarah Taylor advanced to the third round after upsetting third seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain 6-3, 7-6.

In two other upsets, Jill Craybas of the United States eliminated fourth seed Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and Croatia's Silvija Talaja defeated seventh seed Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

Also, number eight Jelena Kostanic of Croatia took three sets to defeat Spain's Marta Marrero 5-7, 6-0, 6-2.

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