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Humbling first-round exit for Dan King-Turner

Last updated 18:19 08/01/2013
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Dan King-Turner in action during his first round loss at the Heineken Open.

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New Zealand's Dan King-Turner suffered an embarrassing loss in the Heineken Open first round today, going down 6-2, 6-2 to Jesse Levine from Canada.

The match was all over in just 56 minutes as King-Turner lost nine straight games midway through the short contest.

Levine, who came through the qualifying tournament, is ranked 104, compared to King-Turner at 376, so while that is a big gap, Levine certainly wasn't the best player he had ever met in Auckland.

However, this was a disappointing loss and one that will damage the argument that at least one New Zealander should always be given a wildcard for the Heineken Open.

It took King-Turner 10 minutes to hold serve in the first game, but considerably less three games later.

However, that's where the good times ended and his inability or unwillingness to go for winners cost him a break in the fifth game.

It was the moment where King-Turner's confidence evaporated, he comfortably dropped serve once more, allowing the Canadian serve out the set 6-2.

Before this match started MC Dennis Katsanos did a fine job in whipping some enthusiasm up and getting King-Turner some home town support, but by the start of the second set that too had all gone and the 3000 people watching the match did so in united muted depression.

King-Turner was broken in the second game of the next set and portrayed the impression of a man who would rather be anywhere in the world rather than on centre court in Auckland.

The New Zealand champion did manage to win a couple of games later in the set, but Levine ended the pain by serving out to love and booking a date with Brian Baker from the USA in tomorrow's second round.



[Q] Igor Sijsling (NED) bt Robin Haase (NED) 6-3 3-6 5-7

[Q] Greg Jones (AUS) bt  [6] Jurgen Melzer (AUT) 7-6 6-2

Lukas Lacko (SVK) bt Paolo Lorenzo (ITA) 6-3 6-3

Santiago Giraldo (COL) bt Go Soeda (JPN) 6-1 6-0

Alejandro Falla (COL) bt Grega Zemlja (SLO) 6-4 3-1 (ret)

[Q] Jesse Levine (CAN) bt Dan King-Turner (NZL) 6-2 6-2

Doubles first round

Victor Hanescu (ROU)/Martin Klizan (SVK bt Jamie Delgado (GBR)/Ken Skupski (GBR) 6-2 6-2

Xavier Malisse (BEL)/Frank Moser (GER) bt Jonathan Marray (GBR)/Andre Sa (BRA) 7-6(5) 6-4

Frantisek Cermak (CZE)/Michal Mertinak (SVK) bt Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)/Scott Lipsky (USA) 6-2 3-6  13-11.

[3] Julian Knowle (AUT)/Filip Polasek (SVK) bt Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)/Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 6-3 6-4. 



Centre Court

Not before 7pm

[Q}Benjamin Becker (GER) v [WC} Gael Monfils (FRA)

Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) v Benoit Paire (FRA)



Centre Court

Starting at 12pm

[WC] Olivier Rochus (BEL) v [4] Sam Querrey (USA)

Alejandro Falla (COL) v [2] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

[Q] Benjamin Becker (GER) or [WC] Gael Monfils (FRA) v [Q] Greg Jones AUS

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[3] Tommy Haas (GER) v [Q] Igor Sijsling (NED)

Not before 7pm

[1] David Ferrer (ESP) v Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) or Benoit Paire (FRA)

[WC] Artem Sitak (NZL)/Rubin Statham (NZL) v Johan Brunstrom (SWE)/Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Court four

Starting 12pm

Xavier Malisse (BEL) v Santiago Giraldo (COL)

Lukas Lacko (SVK) v [8] Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

Brian Baker (USA) v [Q] Jesse Levine (CAN)

Court and time TBA

Benjamin Becker (GER)/Jurgem Melzer (AUT) v {3] Eric Butorac (USA)/Paul Hanley (AUS)

[3] Julian Knowle (AUT)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Victor Hanescu (ROU)/Martin Klizan (SVK)

- Fairfax Media

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