French Open finalist Guillermo Coria lost, 6-2, 6-2, yesterday at Queen's Club in London to Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun, who is ranked 102nd and was playing his first ATP Tour match this season.
French Open semifinalist Tim Henman was eliminated by Slovakia's Karol Beck, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), after holding a match point. The fourth-seeded Henman, a grass-court specialist, is a four-time Wimbledon semifinalist.
"In the context of my Wimbledon preparation, I don't think it will have any bearing because I'm playing very, very well," Henman said. "If I had won one more point, it shouldn't dictate how I feel about my performance."
Coria, who squandered a two-set lead against fellow Argentine Gaston Gaudio in the French final, had a far harder time in this Wimbledon tuneup. Lu has won two challenger tournaments this season.
"It's difficult to adapt to the grass after Paris," Coria said. "It's so fast and the footwork is so different."
Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, a three-time winner of this event, defeated Marc Lopez of Spain, 6-3, 6-2.
"I was a little bit scratchy for the first few games, but once I got into it, I felt I played pretty well," said Hewitt, seeded sixth.
Two seeded U.S. players were eliminated. No. 12 Robby Ginepri lost, 6-3, 6-2, to South Korea's Hyung Taik Lee, and No. 16 Todd Martin, a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist, fell, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2, to Croatia's Mario Ancic. Ancic plays top-seeded Andy Roddick in the third round.
Andre Agassi, the 1992 Wimbledon champ, last year's Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis and 2001 Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic all lost opening matches Tuesday.
* DFS: Jelena Dokic was upset at the DFS grass-court tournament in Birmingham, England, losing 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), in the second round to Shenay Perry, a U.S. qualifier ranked 88th.
Also ousted were top-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia and Daniela Hantuchova, a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist.
Dokic, seeded fifth, won this Wimbledon tuneup in 2002.
* GERRY WEBER OPEN: Defending champion Roger Federer needed just 68 minutes to beat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, 6-2, 6-1, in the second round in Halle, Germany, improving his grass-court record to 14-0 over the past two years.
No. 3 seed Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic also advanced, along with Germany's Tommy Haas and France's Arnaud Clement.
Novak defeated Switzerland's Marco Chiudinelli, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. He will face Haas, who came back to beat Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen, 6-7 (7-3), 6-2, 6-4.
Clement will face Federer after beating Germany's Alexander Popp, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.