Teen McHale Loses, Roddick Wins Nebraska Showdown at US Open

New Jersey teenager Christina McHale’s surprising run ended in the third round of the U.S. Open, where Andy Roddick won a showdown of Nebraska natives.

McHale, 19, from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, lost 6-2, 6- 3 last night to Maria Kirilenko, a 25th-seeded Russian. In the previous round, McHale upset No. 8 Marion Bartoli of France.

“Right now, I’m disappointed in the way I played,” McHale said in a news conference. “But, for sure, it’s the first time I’ve made it to the third round of a Grand Slam, so I will just take the positives from it.”

Roddick, 29, the men’s 21st seed, won 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the all-American match against 18-year-old Jack Sock, who was a wild-card entrant. Roddick was born in Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska. Sock was born in the state capital of Lincoln and grew up following Roddick’s professional performances.

“He was the guy to watch for guys my age, obviously being from Nebraska was even more incentive to watch him,” Sock said in a news conference. “I think we got closer after the match tonight as friends.”

Former champion Maria Sharapova was eliminated earlier in the day by Flavia Pennetta, becoming the highest seed to lose so far in the tennis season’s final Grand Slam tournament.

Defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal won when Nicolas Mahut of France quit with an abdominal injury after dropping the first two sets. Andy Murray, the No. 4 seed from Britain, came back from a two-set deficit to top Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

Isner vs. Bogomolov

No. 5 seed David Ferrer of Spain won 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 against American James Blake. Two other U.S. men advanced and will face each other in the next round -- No. 28 John Isner, who served 20 aces in his win against fellow American Robby Ginepri, and Alex Bogomolov Jr.

American Donald Young came back for a five-set win against Stanislas Wawrinka, the No. 14 seed from Switzerland. Young, 22, never before had won a five-set match.

“I just started relying on my fitness and using my forehand,” Young said in a televised courtside interview. “It was 4 hours, 20 minutes and I didn’t even know I could go that long.”

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki are slated to play today, as well as five-time men’s champion Roger Federer and three-time women’s champ Serena Williams. Americans Sloane Stephens and Mardy Fish also are scheduled for matches today.

Williams, who is seeded 28th, will face No. 4 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, in a match on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

Sharapova’s Errors

Sharapova, the No. 3 seed from Russia, lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 yesterday while making 60 unforced errors, including 12 double faults. The 24-year-old double-faulted twice to open the final game, which Pennetta ended with a backhand service-return winner. Pennetta, 29, of Italy, is seeded No. 26.

“I didn’t feel comfortable with most of my game today,” Sharapova said at a news conference. “It’s just one of those days. Unfortunately, it was at the U.S. Open.”

Sharapova had been 12-0 this year in three-set matches.

“She had a lot of double faults, so I think she was just feeling the pressure,” said Pennetta, who next will face Peng Shuai, the No. 13 seed from China.

Vera Zvonareva, the women’s No. 2 seed from Russia, advanced to the fourth round along with No. 22 Sabine Lisicki of Germany, who defeated American Irina Falconi 6-0, 6-1. Ninth- seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia needed 3 hours, 16 minutes to defeat No. 24 Nadia Petrova of Russia in three sets that included two tiebreakers.

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