Lu Yen-hsun advances to second round in Shanghai


SHANGHAI — Taiwanese tennis player Lu Yen-hsun defeated host Wu Di 6-1, 6-4 in a first-round match of the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters early yesterday.

World No. 42 Lu took only one hour and six minutes to beat the world No. 399 Chinese player, landing four aces in the process.

In second-round play, Lu will face world No. 58 Andreas Seppi of Italy, who upset No. 15 Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-2, 6-2.

Lu was originally scheduled to play Wu late Tuesday evening on an outdoor court at Shanghai’s Qi Zhong Stadium, but the match was rained out. They faced off on an indoor practice court Wednesday because of more rain.

The Shanghai Masters is one of a series of nine tennis tournaments on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour, which includes Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid, Canada (Montreal or Toronto), Cincinnati, Shanghai and Paris.

The series constitutes the most prestigious tournaments in men’s tennis after the four Grand Slam events, and is mandatory for the top male players on the professional circuit.

The Shanghai event has attracted more than 100 tennis professionals this year, including every member of the top 20, headed by world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.