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Wednesday, September 2, 1998 Published at 18:22 GMT 19:22 UK

Sport: Tennis

Qualifier shatters seed Korda

Korda - the biggest name to fall so far at the US Open

Fourth seed Petr Korda look a pale shadow of the player who won the year's first Grand Slam title as he bowed out of the US Open at Flushing Meadow in the opening round.

The Australian Open champion was guilty of 57 unforced errors as he lost 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-1 to Bernd Karbacher of Germany.

Korda admitted: "It's a big disappointment. I'm very tired. Mentally, it was like one bad game and everything went downhill. I don't know. I just don't have any answers."

It was an astonishing victory by the world number 155, who is back on tour after a lengthy break caused by an inflamed heart muscle.

[ image: Karbacher: A welcome boost]
Karbacher: A welcome boost
"I was scared, but the doctor gave me a lot of confidence it was going to get better," said Karbacher, who was ranked in the top 25 two years ago.

"I was very difficult to come back and play to the level I used to. Maybe I expected too much. I put too much pressure on myself to come back as soon as possible. I made a mistake.

He fired down 15 aces in a match lasting two hours and eight minutes on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.

"I like the surface. I like the city and I always look forward to coming here. When you come to a tournament you like, then you play better," added Karbacher.

Top-seeded Pete Sampras had his Wednesday night match postponed by heavy rain and strong winds.

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