Andy Roddick falls in opener at China

Updated: October 3, 2011, 11:43 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Andy Roddick lost to South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the China Open on Monday, a defeat the sixth-seeded American called "unacceptable." Roddick then walked out of his news conference when asked about any retirement plans.

Roddick managed to handle Anderson's huge serve but struggled with his own and was broken in the seventh game to go one set down. The second set brought more of the same. While Roddick evened things up at 5-5, Anderson's momentum carried him through.

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Feng Li/Getty ImagesAfter the straight-sets loss Monday, a reporter asked Andy Roddick if he was considering retiring from tennis. "I think you should retire," Roddick snapped, before ending his media session.

"If I break twice and don't win a set that says my serve isn't on," Roddick said. "It's unacceptable."

The 29-year-old Roddick, winner of the 2003 U.S. Open, has dropped in the rankings to 15th after several early round losses this year.

Roddick was asked after the match how close he might be to retiring, and he rolled his eyes before replying: "I think you should retire." He then got up and left the news conference to a round of applause.

Roddick took to Twitter later to dispute that he left early.

"About this whole 'walked out of a press conference' thing. Moderator announced that it was last question before my retirement response," Roddick posted.

On the women's side, top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down to beat Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.

Wozniacki, the defending champion, was troubled at the start against another big-serving opponent -- Hradecka had nine aces to the Dane's two. But Wozniacki improved in the second set as Hradecka's first serves increasingly hit the net, saving eight of 12 break points for the match.

"It wasn't a pretty match," Wozniacki said. "But I'm through and that's what's most important."

Third-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic defeated Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1, while Maria Kirilenko of Russia beat Julia Goerges of Germany 7-6 (9), 6-3.

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic downed Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-3, and Italy's Flavia Pennetta defeated China's Peng Shuai, 7-6 (6), 7-5.

Wild-card entry Zheng Jie of China outlasted Alberta Brianti of Italy 4-6, 6-1, 7-5; qualifier Virginie Razzano of France defeated Gisela Dulko of Argentina 6-2, 6-3; and Tamira Paszek of Austria beat Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Among the men, Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Chinese wild card Di Wu 6-2, 6-0; Feliciano Lopez of Spain beat Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 6-2, 7-6 (6); Fernando Verdasco of Spain topped Michael Llodra of France 6-2, 6-4; Florian Mayer of Germany ousted Albert Ramos of Spain 6-2, 6-4; and Flavio Cipolla of Italy defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-1, 1-6, 6-0.


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