US Open: Smith falls to Capdeville
UPDATE: JP Smith has gone down in the opening round of US Open qualifying, yet several other Aussies will continue their campaigns on Thursday.
John-Patrick Smith has gone down in the opening round of US Open qualifying to Chile’s Paul Capdeville on Wednesday.
The Queenslander fought hard but could not stop the charge of his opponent, who wrapped up a 7-6(4) 6-3 victory in one hour and 38 minutes.
Smith served well – recording seven aces to just one double fault – but struggled to handle the Chilean’s return game, with Capdeville accumulating eight break point chances throughout the match and converting two.
It proved to be the decisive factor for Capdeville – the world No.167 skipped through to the second round where he will next face German 15th seed Daniel Brands.
Australia still has three representatives who remain alive in qualifying action.
James Duckworth, Brydan Klein and Anastasia Rodionova came through the first round on Tuesday at Flushing Meadows and are scheduled to play their second round matches on Thursday.
Play begins at 11am New York time.
James Duckworth (AUS) v Bobby Reynolds  (USA) – second round, Court 17, first match
Brydan Klein (AUS) v Karol Beck  (SVK) – second round, Court 9, second match
Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) v Caroline Garcia – second round, Court 10, first match
Paul Capdeville (CHI) d John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 7-6(4) 6-3