Desperate Hewitt advances at US Indoor Championships

Australia's Lleyton Hewitt saved two match points to advance while Swedish defending women's champion Sofia Arvidsson was ousted on Wednesday at the ATP and WTA US Indoor Championships.

Former World No. 1 Hewitt, a two-time Grand Slam champion, saved two match points on his serve in the 12th game of the second set before defeating South Korean Lu Yen-Hsun 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in a first-round match.

Hewitt, 31, is making his third appearance at the $1.58 million hardcourt event, having lost in the 2009 semi-finals and 2011 quarter-finals, both times falling to now-retired US standout Andy Roddick.

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic, who lost to Arvidsson in last year's Memphis final, avenged that defeat by defeating the second seed 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in a second-round match.

Also advancing to the women's third round was Belgian top seed Kirsten Flipkens, who eliminated Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

British fourth seed Heather Watson defeated Czech Andrea Hlavackova 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 while German third seed Sabine Lisicki eliminated Hungary's Melinda Czink 7-6 (7/0), 4-6, 6-2.

AFP

The story Desperate Hewitt advances at US Indoor Championships first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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