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Murray advances; Caroline & Ana out

Eugenie Bouchard after her win on Monday

London: Former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki became the third Wimbledon seed to fall at the hands of the Czech Republic’s Barbora Zahlova Strycova, as she was dumped out of the fourth round 6-2, 7-5 on Monday.

The 16th-seeded Dane has yet to reach the quarter finals at the All England Club and the 23-year-old must wait at least another year after world No.43 Zahlova Strycova claimed another notable scalp, having sent second seed Li Na packing in the previous round.

Defending champion Andy Murray neutralised the big-swinging game of lofty South African Kevin Anderson to reach the quarters 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

The 27-year-old Briton returned sharply and drew the 2.03-metre (6-foot-8) Anderson into rallies to impose his game on the Wimbledon grass where he is on a run of 17 successive victories.

Eleventh seed Grigor Dimitrov set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with Murray after a 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-2 victory against Argentine Leonardo Mayer on Monday.

Wozniacki, after a quick surrender of the opening set, dug deeper in the second, saving five match points before Zahlova Strycova booked her first Grand Slam quarter-final berth.

Canadian 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard succeeded where Serena Williams failed as she beat Alize Cornet to reach the quarter finals on another rain-hit day at Wimbledon.

Frenchwoman Cornet caused a sensation on Saturday by removing five-times champion and pre-tournament favourite Serena, but the fresh-faced Bouchard proved to be made of sterner stuff as she edged to a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 victory.

“That’s cool. I didn’t know that,” Bouchard said of becoming the first Canadian to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals. “Another little historic thing for Canada.”

The match was interrupted after five games to allow the Centre Court roof to close when more rain hit the championships after Saturday’s lengthy disruption.

The second Monday is traditionally a feast of top names, with the last 16 in both men’s and women’s singles being played, but organisers were playing catch-up this year with several third-round matches still to be completed.

Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, one of the victims of soggy Saturday when his match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin was cancelled, made up for lost time with a rapid 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win completed just before a heavy rain shower arrived.

The Australian Open champion was facing three matches in three days and though he wasted little excess energy against the bespectacled Istomin, he did grumble about the schedulers. “They just say what’s going to be the schedule and that’s it,” Wawrinka said of the decision not to play his third-round match when the rain stopped on Saturday.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 10th seed, needed only four games to complete a 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 third-round victory over Simone Bolelli after their match had been suspended because of bad light at the weekend.

Spain’s Feliciano Lopez also belatedly reached the last 16, beating big-serving American John Isner 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), 7-5. Isner’s defeat left the USA without a representative in the last 16 of the men’s or women’s singles for the first time since 1911.

Earlier in the day, teenager Madison Keys had been forced to withdraw with a leg injury before resuming her third-round match against Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova.

They were locked at 6-6 in the second set when darkness fell on Saturday, with Shvedova having won the opener.

Shvedova will play last year’s runner-up Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round after the German claimed a stop-go 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory over 11th seed Ana Ivanovic.

Lucie Safarova became the first player to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals this year on Monday, when she walloped 175th ranked qualifier Tereza Smitkova 6-0, 6-2 in an all-Czech showdown.

For the first time in the professional era, four women from the Czech Republic reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam.

Safarova, seeded 23rd, needed just 48 minutes to end Smitkova’s bid to become the lowest-ranked woman to reach the quarter-finals.

The defeat of Serena blew a large hole in the women’s draw and Canada’s Bouchard exploited it with a performance of grit and power against 25th seed Cornet.

Having reached the semi-finals at both the Australian Open and French Open this year, Bouchard arrived at Wimbledon with the likes of former men’s champion John McEnroe tipping her as his dark horse for the women’s title.

“I think the main thing is the confidence I’ve kind of added since the beginning of the year,” Bouchard told reporters.

Croatia’s 26th seed Marin Cilic took advantgage of a drier interlude to beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, 6-4.

Leander Paes and Cara Black, who won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles together, crashed out of Wimbledon on Monday.

The fourth seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair went down 6-1, 2-6, 3-6 to US's Eric Butorac and Hungarian Timea Babos in a match that lasted 76 minutes. (Agencies)