Isner latest American to lose at Australian Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 15, 2018 01:28 PM
United States' John Isner makes a forehand return to Australia's Matthew Eden during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — John Isner has continued the early American exits from the Australian Open.
The 16th-seeded Isner lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Matt Ebden, his first loss to the Australian veteran in four career meetings.
Ebden broke Isner's serve in the last game, clinching the match when Isner netted an attempted backhand half-volley.
Seven U.S. women, including 2017 finalist Venus Williams, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and 10th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe, had lost earlier Monday in first-round matches.
U.S. Open finalist and No. 11-seeded Kevin Anderson was the highest-ranked man eliminated at that point, losing in five sets to Kyle Edmund — the only British man in the draw after five-time finalist Andy Murray withdrew.