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Injured Daniell out in Paris; Hourigan wins

Updated: Jun 7

Mixed results for New Zealand tennis players including Marcus Daniell (pictured).
Marcus Daniell from earlier has struggled to come back from injury and was forced to withdraw from his doubles second round at Roland Garros PHOTO: NZSPORTSWIRE

New Zealand tennis players have experienced mixed fortunes around the world, with a title, an injury and delays for the quartet of professionals.

Injury forced Marcus Daniell to withdraw from his second round doubles match at Roland Garros with Mackenzie McDonald after just one game.

Daniell and his American partner were up against fourth seeds Marcelo Arevalo from El Salvador and Croatia's Mate Pavic.


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Arevalo and Pavic won the first game to love but at the change of ends, Daniell called for a physio with a likely injury to his right thigh forcing him out.

Meanwhile, Erin Routliffe and Michael Venus both endured another frustrating day as rain once again interrupted the schedule.

Venus and Jamie Murray's match against Lucas Pouille and Gregoire Barrere didn't start and has been rescheduled to be the opening match on Court Simmone-Mathieu on Sunday.

Venus will be back on the same court later, weather permitting, when he and Routliffe begin their mixed doubles campaign against Chinese Taipei's Chan Hao-Ching and Hugo Nys from Monaco.

Routliffe and Leylah Fernandez will play their first-round women's doubles match on Sunday.

The No. 9 seeds were down 2-1 in the opening set against the Chinese duo of Guo Hanyu and Jiang Xinyu when rain interrupted play.

Venus has confirmed he will team up with Britain's Neal Skupski for the grass court season, including Wimbledon.

The win over the weekend goes to Paige Hourigan who won yet another doubles tournament, this time the $25,000 title at the World Tennis Tour tournament in Changwon, South Korea.

It’s the third title for Hourigan in the past five events and should see her move from a ranking of 302 to around 265.

In the final in Changwon, Hourigan and her Japanese partner Erika Sema defeated the Chinese duo of Li Zongyu and Shi Han 6-4 4-6 10-4.


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