Saturday Surprises at SW19
Published June 27, 2009 06:02
LONDON, UK - The first big upsets rocked the women's singles draw of The Championships on Saturday, as Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic were both bundled out of the tournament in the third round by up-and-comers.
Jankovic, who was seeded No.6, was the first of the Top 10 pair to go, losing to Melanie Oudin - ranked No.124 in the world and a qualifier into the main draw. Jankovic saved set points in the first set before taking it in a tie-break, then looked to be headed to a fairly tight two set win as the pair was tied at 5-5 in the second set; but Oudin, who had never even defeated a Top 20 player before, hung tough to beat the world No.6 and collect her first career Top 10 win.
"I had so many chances in the first set so I knew I was right there with her. I just had to keep going and keep fighting, and eventually I pulled through in the end," Oudin, just 17 years old, said. "I just tried to think she was any other player and this was any other match and I was at any other tournament, not that I was on the biggest stage at Wimbledon and playing my first Top 10 player."
Kuznetsova, the No.5 seed and new French Open champion, saved a slew of match points as she rallied from 5-2 down in the second set but eventually fell to Germany's Sabine Lisicki anyway, 62 75. Lisicki has had success against the Top 10 previously however, this being her third career Top 10 win.
"I just kept fighting. I missed some opportunities at 5-4, but I managed to serve well at 5-5 to go up 6-5, and I just fought to finish up the match," Lisicki said. "I guess it happens. You're nervous. It's the first time I'm in the second week, and I just kept telling myself, 'You have nothing to lose. Just go for your shots.' That's what I did in the end. It turned out to be good."
Five-time Wimbledon champion and No.3 seed Venus Williams had no trouble in her match, avenging a dramatic Australian Open loss earlier this year to Carla Suárez Navarro by beating her handily, 60 64. Williams lost to her in the second round in Melbourne; 21 winners made sure that was history.
"It was completely different circumstances today. In Australia, I had a lot of opportunities but didn't take advantage of them. Today I realized it wasn't the same match, and I was determined to really run away with it," Williams said. "In the end it got closer, but I love to have the opportunity to serve matches out, so I was pretty glad to get that break. I'm happy with how things turned out."
There were no surprises in the other matches, as world No.1 and top seed Dinara Safina survived a tight first set then rolled past Kirsten Flipkens, 75 61; No.9 seed Caroline Wozniacki beat No.20 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues, 62 62; No.11 seed Agnieszka Radwanska closed out No.19 seed Li Na, 64 75; No.13 seed Ana Ivanovic beat No.18 seed Samantha Stosur, 75 62; and No.17 seed Amélie Mauresmo, the champion here in 2006, beat No.15 seed Flavia Pennetta, 75 63, wrapping up third round play at The Championships.
Sunday is the traditional day off at Wimbledon. All eight fourth round matches will be played at the All-England Club on Monday.