Woodruff downs Russel

NEWPORT, JULY 12. Top seed and defending champion Chris Woodruff snapped a six-match losing streak on Tuesday as he advanced to the second round of the $ 375,000 Hall of Fame tennis championships, defeating fellow American Michael Russel in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.

It was his first triumph since a second-round victory in mid- April at Atlanta. Before the slump, Woodruff had reached his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open in January and two other events. Last year, woodruff captured the championship by edging Kenneth Carlsen in three sets.

Second seed Gianluca Pozzi of Italy continued his fine play on grass this season as he moved into the second round with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 triumph over Anthony Dupuis of France.

At other grass events this season, Pozzi reached the semifinals at the Stella Artoits championships, the quarterfinals at Nottingham and the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Fifth seed Jason Stoltenberg of Australia came back to defeat 1998 runner-up Neville Goodwin of South Africa 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8- 6). Goodwin defeated Stoltenberg in the semifinals here two years ago but had to go through qualifying this year to make the main draw.

In other first-round matches, Tuomas Ketola of Finland beat Justin Gimelstob of the United States 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3 and American Bob Bryan defeated countryman qualifier Jim Thomas 7-5, 6-2.

A pair of qualifiers advanced when Scott Draper of Australia posted a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 triumph over Spain's Oscar Burrieza and Mardy Fish of the United States took care of Cristiano Caratti of Italy 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4.

Peter Wessels of the Netherlands moved to the second round after Daniel Nestor of Canada retired heading into the third set with the match tied at a set apiece. The Netherlands' Jens Knippschild nipped Marcos Ondruska of South Africa 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2.

lThe results: Chris Woodruff bt Michael Russel 6-1, 6-2; Gianluca Pozzi bt Anthony Dupuis 7-6 (7-4), 6-4; Jason Stoltenberg bt Neville Goodwin 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6); Tuomas Ketola bt Justin Gimelstob 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3; Bob Bryan bt Jim Thomas 7-5, 6-2; Scott Draper bt Oscar Burrieza 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Mardy Fish bt Cristiano Caratti 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4; Jens Knippschild bt Marcos Ondruska 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2.