Rusedski wins but Henman goes out
Tuesday 16 April 1996
Henman, the 15th seed, was defeated by the American Jeff Tarango, who caused uproar by walking off court at Wimbledon last year after verbally abusing an umpire. Tarango won 6-1, 6-4, getting the better of a second set which contained four successive breaks of serve.
Rusedski, the 13th seed, hit only two aces with his big serve, but won 79 per cent of his service points and troubled his opponent with low-bouncing backhand slices as he won in just 55 minutes.
"I was pleased with the way I played. I've been losing a lot of close matches," Rusedski, the world No 47, said. "This is a fast court that suits my style."
Henman was not the only seed to make an early exit as Bernd Karbacher, seeded 14th, was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by his fellow German, Hendrik Dreekman. Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen, seeded 16th, rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Yasufumi Yamamoto, a wild card entry.
Pete Sampras - back to No 1 in the world rankings - Michael Chang and Thomas Enqvist, who won the Indian Open on Sunday, are the top three seeds and receive byes into the second round.
In the men's doubles, Britain's Martin Lee and Chris Wilkinson were beaten 6-3, 6-2 by the Americans Jim Grabb and Richey Reneberg.
Belgium's Sabine Appelmans, the women's No 2 seed, was beaten 7-6, 4- 6, 6-0 by Japan's Nana Miyagi. The world No 108 was following up a victory over the Swiss teenager, Martina Hingis, in the Lipton tournament last month.
Romania's Irina Spirlea, the eighth seed, showed athleticism, patience and judgment in beating Mary Pierce, of France, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Bausch and Lomb Championships on Sunday.
The 22nd-ranked, 22-year-old Spirlea's victory, her third tournament title, moved her to 18th in the WTA rankings in her third full year on the women's tour.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Eden Hazard exclusive interview - All is rosy in the garden of Eden
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
It's time to stop the 'small club' jibes after Chelsea signed £200m Yokohama deal
Robbie Savage avoids driving ban - because he would get 'accosted' too much if he had to use public transport
Liverpool vs Manchester City: Brendan Rodgers and his fading Liverpool may have reached breaking point
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 Prince Harry leaving the armed forced to pursue conservation projects in Africa
- 4 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: EXETER - A great new opportunity with real pot...
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: EXETER - An outstanding senior opportunity for...
salary equal to £40K pro-rata: Sauce Recruitment: Are you available to start a...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Creative Front-End Developer - Claph...