Kuznetsova, Jankovic crash out
WIMBLEDON: French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and former No 1 Jelena Jankovic crashed out of the Wimbledon on Saturday.
American teenager Melanie Oudin pulled off the biggest upset of the first week, beating Jankovic, 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-2 while Kuznetsova suffered a shock 6-2, 7-5 third round defeat against unseeded German Sabine Lisicki. The No 6-seeded Jankovic struggled with the heaande the 2008 US Open runner-up also needed treatment of her left foot later, and she was plagued by erratic groundstrokes, while the 17-year-old Oudin played with poise down the stretch and swept the final three games. Five-time champion Venus Williams joined Oudin in the round of 16 by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-4. Also, Amelie Mauresmo saw off Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-3.
Bidding for her third consecutive Wimbledon title, the No 3-seeded Williams will next play 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, who beat 2009 Roland Garros semi-finalist Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-2. No 9-seeded Caroline Wozniacki reached the fourth round by beating No 20 Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 6-2.
Williams won the first eight games against Navarro. The two played only once before, when Suarez Navarro upset Williams in the second round at the Australian Open in January. Williams is trying to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1991-93 to win three consecutive titles at the All England Club.
In men’s play, Igor Andreev and Tommy Haas won matches suspended overnight because of darkness. Andreev beat Andreas Seppi 6-1, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5). Haas defeated Marin Cilic 7-5, 7-5, 1-6, 6-7 (3), 10-8. No 20 Tomas Berdych eliminated No 12 Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-3, 6-2; and Lleyton Hewitt defeated Philipp Petzschner 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.