Azarenka out early from China Open
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka double-faulted 15 times Monday in losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to Andrea Petkovic during the first round of the China Open in Beijing.
In the men’s draw, Lleyton Hewitt knocked out seventh-seeded Tommy Haas 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the first round. Bernard Tomic, Fabio Fognini and Philipp Kohlschreiber also advanced.
In doubles, wild-card entries Serena and Venus Williams lost 6-7 (3), 6-4, 11-9 to Liezel Huber and Chan Hao-ching. Serena Williams double-faulted on match point, then slammed her racket against the court three times before tossing it aside.
■ Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed four match points to beat Gael Monfils 6-3, 7-6 (8) and advance to the second round of the Japan Open in Tokyo.
Top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina was scheduled to play Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in a first-round match today, when defending champion Kei Nishikori is due to meet Jurgen Melzer of Austria.
Skier Miller rips anti-gay stance
Bode Miller felt no need to measure his words when asked about Russia’s anti-gay law. He said the Russian law puts athletes in an awkward position.
“‘I think it’s absolutely embarrassing that there’s countries and there’s people who are that intolerant and that ignorant,” he said Monday, one of the few athletes willing to take a stand on the subject at the U.S. Olympic media summit in Park City, Utah, featuring Sochi hopefuls.
At 35 and with five Olympic medals, the skier is trying for his fifth Winter Games.
■ Figure skating champion Evan Lysacek has a torn labrum and will miss Skate America Oct. 18-20 in Detroit.
■ Germany is working on a Munich bid for the 2022 Winter Games.
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Ex-Oklahoma State star Kurland dies
Former Oklahoma State basketball All-American Bob Kurland, credited as the first to dunk in a game, died Sunday in his sleep at his home in Florida following a lengthy illness. Kurland, 88, was a 7-footer who led what was then Oklahoma A&M to national championships in 1945 and 1946, and was on the 1948 and 1952 U.S. gold medal-winning Olympic teams.
Sailing: Australia is back in the America’s Cup for the first time since 2000 after a challenge by winemaker and sailor Bob Oatley was accepted by software billionaire Larry Ellison. The challenge by the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, was received by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Yacht Club on Wednesday, right after Ellison’s Oracle Team USA retained the America’s Cup by completing a remarkable comeback against Emirates Team New Zealand on San Francisco Bay.
Gymnastics: U.S. champion Sam Mikulak, 20, is in second place after the first day of the world championships in Antwerp, Belgium. Reigning Olympic and world champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan .leads with 91.924 points, followed by Mikulak (89.532) and China’s Lin Chaopan (89.430).