Skip to main content International
The Web      Powered by
World Sport

Philippoussis' poor form continues

Philippousis has slumped down the world rankings this season

TOKYO, Japan -- Mark Philippoussis' miserable run of form continued on Monday with a 6-3 6-4 defeat by Czech Tomas Zib in the first round of the Japan Open.

The Australian has now bowed out in the first round of his last five tournaments while his world ranking has slumped to 104.

Philippoussis, twice a Grand Slam finalist, failed at the first hurdle in Los Angeles, at the Olympics, the U.S. Open and in Shanghai before arriving in Japan.

His form showed no signs of improvement as he exited amid a flurry of unforced errors in a match played under a closed roof due to typhoon-like conditions.

Davis Cup team mate Lleyton Hewitt heads the men's field at the $860,000 tournament, alongside Argentine David Nalbandian and Asia's top player Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand.

However, French Open champion Gaston Gaudio has pulled out of the event with an ankle injury.

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova will be favorite to win her second Japan Open title in a row in the women's draw after the Russian teenager's victory in Seoul at the weekend.

Story Tools
Click Here to try 4 Free Trial Issues of Time! cover
Top Stories
Three share U.S. Open lead
Top Stories
EU 'crisis' after summit failure

On CNN TV E-mail Services CNN Mobile CNN AvantGo CNNtext Ad info Preferences
   The Web     
Powered by
© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP.
A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines. Contact us.
external link
All external sites will open in a new browser. does not endorse external sites.
 Premium content icon Denotes premium content.