Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Tsonga, V. Williams Lose Opening Matches

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Tsonga, V. Williams Lose Opening Matches

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Tsonga, Venus Williams fall in Ohio tourney

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Venus Williams left their winning touch in Canada.

Tsonga followed his week of big upsets with an early exit Tuesday, losing his opening match at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Two days after he won his second Masters title by beating Roger Federer in Toronto, he fell to Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6- 4.

"I don't have the energy to compete," Tsonga said after the 68- minute match. "I just gave everything last week. Before the match, I believed I was able to play at a good level. But on court, I realized that was going to be impossible. And it was."

Williams knocked off sister Serena while reaching the finals in Montreal on Sunday, finishing runner-up. She lost to Lucie Safarova 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 in the first round Tuesday.

"I wish I could have felt today like I did in Montreal, just to make it more competitive," Williams said.

The tournament lost its other defending champion when Victoria Azarenka withdrew because of an injured right knee. Defending champion Rafael Nadal withdrew before the tournament because of an injured wrist.

The biggest intrigue is whether Novak Djokovic can finally win the one tournament that has eluded him. He has finished runner-up in Cincinnati four times. If he wins this week, he'll become the first with titles at all nine ATP Masters events. (AP)

Former area pitcher Bob Wiesler dies * Former Beaumont High lefthanded pitcher Bob Wiesler, who signed with the New York Yankees in 1949 and finished his career with the Washington Senators in 1958, died Sunday of heart failure at his home in Florissant. He was 83. Wiesler was a standout at Beaumont and gained attention of pro scouts playing for the Stockham American Legion Post.

Visitation is 3-9 p.m. today at Hutchens Mortuary, 675 Graham Road. A funeral is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 615 Dunn Road. (Special to the Post-Dispatch)

FCC official supports repeal of NFL blackout rules * Ajit Pai called the NFL's television blackout rules "outdated" and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns. …

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