Wang Yeu-tzuoo was Asia's last hope in the men's singles draw of the Australian Open.
And after an improvement in form, an offseason workout regimen that saw him add three kilograms to his slender frame, and an impressive first-round win against Argentina's Mariano Zabaleta, Wang was hopeful of beating 26th-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland yesterday.
But the 20-year-old, ranked 98th in the world, committed 53 unforced errors to Nieminen's 23 in a straight-sets defeat, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 that left Asia without any players left in the men's draw.
"I had chances to win but Nieminen is such a good player. He has a lot of confidence and doesn't make too many errors," said Wang, one of only two Asians in the top 100. Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan is the other, ranked 50.
"I played but well but simply didn't convert the opportunities I had."
Often frustrated by the lack of sponsors and opportunities in the region, Wang said Taiwan and other Asian countries needed to improve the facilities available to their promising youngsters if it wants men to find success on the tennis circuit.
"It is not easy for players in Asia. Asia is not like the United States or Europe, it is not easy for us to produce good players," the Taiwanese star told AFP.
"The weather is not conducive and the facilities are not so good. They need to be improved. We need to think of the next generation, but you never know, it might happen."
Two Taiwanese women advanced in doubles. Hsieh Su-wei teamed with Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn to beat Maria Domachowska of Poland and Italy's Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-0, while U.S.-based Janet Lee and American Amy Frazier easily disposed of Latvia's Liga Dekmeijere and Argentinian Mariana Diaz-Oliva 6-2, 6-0.
Roddick rebuffs talk of soft draw
Second seed Andy Roddick won't hear any talk that he has a soft path to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open.
The American world number two polished off fellow serve-volleyer South African Wesley Moodie in straight sets, leading a raft of seeds into the third round of the year's first Grand Slam tournament.
He was joined by Croatia's Davis Cup pair, seeds Ivan Ljubicic (7) and Mario Ancic (18), former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio (8), Spain's David Ferrer (11), and American James Blake (20).
Roddick was asked if he felt his side of the draw had opened up invitingly following the exits of seeds Taylor Dent (27), Radek Stepanek (17) and Robby Ginepri (13) from his quarterfinal path.
"There's no such thing as an open draw. You have to win matches. You have to win sets," he said.
Roddick's superior returning game won him the day in the battle of the big servers with Moodie. He moved into the next round against French qualifier Julien Benneteau with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 victory over the 60th-ranked South African.
"It was good because I wanted to return well," Roddick said."I feel like after the first four games of the match, I really started doing that. I put a high percentage of returns in the court and put pressure on him almost every service game."
Ljubicic, who is unbeaten in seven matches this year, said he was ready to make an impact in the Grand Slams.
He equaled his best major tournament showing with a 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 win over 79th-ranked German Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the third round where he will play Spanish 31st seed Feliciano Lopez.
"In the past I was winning some important matches but I was never really ready physically to win a lot of matches in a row. Now, I think last year I proved that I am."
Women's singles, 2nd round
Olga Savchuk (UKR) bt Jelena Jankovic (SEM x23) 6-3, 6-4
Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL x8) bt Hana Sromova (CZE) 7-6 (7/2), 6-1
Maria Kirilenko (RUS x25) bt Galina Voskoboeva (RUS) 7-6 (7/1), 6-4
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x14) bt Arantxa Parra Santonja (SPA) 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 6-2
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK x17) bt Akgul Amanmuradova (UZB) 6-4, 6-1
Nadia Petrova (RUS x6) bt Martina Muller (GER) 6-4, 6-1
Virginie Razzano (FRA) bt Conchita Martinez Granados (SPA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-3
Maria Sharapova (RUS x4) bt Ashley Harkleroad (USA) 6-1, 7-5
Men's singles, 2nd round
Gaston Gaudio (ARG x8) bt Lars Burgsmuller (GER) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Fabrice Santoro (FRA) bt Andrei Pavel (ROM) 6-4, 6-1, 6-4
Ivan Ljubibic (CRO x7) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 7-5, 6-2, 6-1
Denis Gremelmayr (GER) bt Robby Ginepri (USA x13) 2-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE x17) 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 0-6, 7-5
David Ferrer (SPA x11) bt Daniele Bracciali (ITA) 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2
Mario Ancic (CRO x18) bt Jan Hernych (CZE) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
Gilles Simon (FRA) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x19) 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
James Blake (USA x20) bt Jean-Christophe Faurel (FRA) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
Feliciano Lopez (SPA x31) bt Gilles Muller (LUX) 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4
Tommy Robredo (SPA x16) bt Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 7-6, (7/4), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3