LITESPORT 34 Friday, 7 August 2009 London Lite Hot Rodds through as Hewitt falls to Del Potro TOP SEED Andy Roddick enjoyed another straightforward win last night but second seed Juan Martin del Potro needed three sets to sink Lleyton Hewitt in the third round of the ATP Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington. Roddick, playing in his first tournament since taking a break after the Wimbledon final to recover from a hip injury, defeated 16th-seeded fellow American Sam Querrey 7-6, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals. Argentinian Del Potro lost the first set to Hewitt but battled back to clinch a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 No quarter given: Andy Roddick ITF want long ban for kissing ace Gasquet THE International Tennis Federation have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to increase the ban handed out to Richard Gasquet after he tested positive for cocaine. An independent tribunal gave the Frenchman a two-and-a-half month ban after ruling he inadvertently ingested the drug by kissing a woman in a Miami nightclub. The ITF said: The ITF can confirm that, jointly with WADA, it has appealed to CAS the decision of the independent tribunal in the case of Richard Gasquet. CAS later confirmed they had received the ITFs appeal. Gasquet was suspended in May and missed the French Open and Wimbledon as a result. victory. The Australian never gave up, saving two match-points to force the final tie-break. Fernando Gonzalez, the fourth seed from Chile, enjoyed a comfortable passage into the last eight with a 6-2, 6-4 win over American Wayne Odesnik while fifth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling overcame Frenchman Marc Gicquel 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. Eighth seed Tomas Berdych downed Germanys Philipp Petzschner 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 while Tommy Haas, the 10th seed, produced a 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 triumph over Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain. RUMOURS of Joe Worsleys demise asaninternationalrugbyplayerwere, according to the toughest man in rugby himself, rather premature. The 6ft 5in, 18st Wasps giant is about to resume training after forcing his way into the Lions side for the final glorious Test in South Africa -- ironi- cally he was the only English flanker left standing while so many of the youngguns,TomRees,JamesHaskell, Tom Croft and the now-banned Michael Lipman, fell by the wayside. At 32, most professional rugby play- ers are thinking pipe and slippers. Worley is considering Premiership titles and Six Nations Grand Slams. As he prepares to start pre-season under new Wasps director of Rugby Tony Hanks at Adams Park, Worsley told LiteSport: I always knew I would be back at the top level if I could just get fit again. My style of play is all aboutphysicalconditioningandbeing first. After two years of injury prob- lems,Ijusthadtogetproperlyfit.Idid. And I got on the Lions tour. Ah, the Lions. Its like a lifetime ago. Not for Worsley. He says: It was a great tour, right up there with the twoEnglandWorldCupsandthose Heineken Cup wins with Wasps. We should have won 3-0 you know. We were that good. For those of us stuck here watching it on telly, it looked at times as if refe- reeing interpretations andsneakyflankerslike the infuriating Hein- richBrussouwwerethe key to the Springboks 2-1 series win. Worsleys having none of it. He says coolly: Look, we should have been good enough to win despite refereeing calls and things like that.Brussouw?Hes good at what he does, perfectly built to steal the Lion Worsley is back to lift Wasps to old highs Lovely jubbly for Poulter in Ohio IAN POULTERS early morning Twitter said it all: Played nice today, couple of good up and downs to keep the round going. Same restaurant followed by a small ice cream tonight. Lovely jubbly! In the more formal surrounds of the post-round press conference at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, the man from Stevenage admitted he was surprised to shoot a first round 67 which leaves him tied for third. After missing the cut at the Open last month, he is three behind leader Padraig Harrington -- his 64 was even more surprising. Poulter said: Very surprising start, really. The Open wasnt quite what I wanted -- played terrible, and took a week off. It was really nice to get away from golf for a week. I started to play a little bit last week, things were feeling okay, and then I got here, and posture, stance, ball position, grip -- the whole thing felt awful. Ive been working hard on the range the last couple of days to try to get it right. I got up extra early this morning, did some extra practice which I dont normally do, and I started to feel a bit better. And yeah, I putted lovely. American Scott Verplank, Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand and South Africas Tim Clark are tied for second, two behind deposed Open champion Harrington, who said: That was probably the best round I can remember since winning the US PGA a year ago. But its just one round of golf. Ohio high: Ian Poulter on his way to a three-under- par 67, which included four birdies and one bogey on the 15th Even Ians shocked as he starts with an ice-cool 67 ball. The problem is they fiddled with the laws at the breakdown, nobody realised the trouble it would cause. Now though, its back to the bread- and-butter of a Premiership season. Waspswereawfullastwinter,slumping out of the Heineken Cup places and finishing seventh, while the rugby- speaking world waited in vain for the traditional late-season burst. Worsley admits: We never really got going, but this season will be different. Tony Hanks came in for a few months last winter to help us and now hes in charge. 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