JANKOVIC STUNS KVITOVA
FEDERER CRUISES ♦ BROWN LOSES ♦ INDIANS ADVANCE
London: Holder Petra Kvitova suffered a shock defeat in the hands of Serbia’s former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, who rolled back the years to produce an inspired Centre Court display at Wimbledon, in a third round match on Saturday.
World No. 2 Kvitova had breezed through her first two matches of the tournament, but after taking the first set against 30-year-old Jankovic, the Czech made too many errors allowing the 28th seed to triumph 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Dustin Brown’s Wimbledon flame fizzled out in a four-set defeat by Viktor Troicki, two days after the dreadlocked journeyman illuminated the All England Club by beating twice champion Rafa Nadal. The 30-year-old German and his distinctive waist-length hair sent tremors through the tennis world, when he roughed up the Spaniard with a serve-volley barrage to reach the third round, but the 22nd-seeded Troicki brought the fairytale to an abrupt end.
The Serb wrapped up a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3 win to add Brown’s name to a group of players who beat Nadal when ranked 100 or below, and then exited the tournament at the very next stage.
Roger Federer showed that you need more in your arsenal than a bullet serve if you want to seriously trouble the grasscourt masters these days, as he snuffed out the threat of Sam Groth in four sets at Wimbledon on Saturday.
Federer’s Australian opponent holds the record for the fastest ever delivery in tennis and regularly launched 140mph missiles, but only briefly threatened the Swiss’s serene progress to the fourth round and eventually succumbed 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2.
Andy Murray, the home favourite and third seed beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1.
Danish fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki reached the last 16 for the fourth time with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over Italy’s Camila Giorgi. “I was very happy to win this one. I know that Camila is such a tricky opponent. She hits so hard. I was just trying to get every ball back. I was really pleased how I managed to keep my composure,” said Wozniacki.”
The former world No. 1 will face Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, after the 20th seed shocked 2012 semi-finalist Angelique Kerber 7-6, (14-12), 1-6, 6-2. Muguruza, who made the French Open quarter-finals this year, saved nine set points in the opener on her way to a first appearance in the second week at Wimbledon.
Romania's Monica Niculescu also made the last 16 for the first time, beating Czech world No. 16 Kristyna Plískova 6-3, 7-5. She will face Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky, who put out 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 6-2 to book a spot in the last 16 for the first time.
A match between two missile-serving giants had the potential to go on for hours, but luckily for Marin Cilic he only needed 15 minutes and two games on Saturday to complete a 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 12-10 win over John Isner.
With the Wimbledon third-round match suspended at 10-10 in the fifth set under gathering gloom on Friday, the duo who hold the distinction of winning the annual tournament’s two longest matches, returned to lock horns on a sun-drenched Court One.
It was double delight for Indian fans on Saturday, as Leander Paes moved into the pre-quarter finals with Daniel Nestor and Sania Mirza also entered Round III in the mixed doubles event.
Paes and Nestor had to dig deep into their reserves to prevail over Yen-Hsun Lu and Teymuraz Gabashvili in a marathon second-round match.
The 11th seeded Indo-Canadian pair were pushed by the Taipei-Russian combination before managing a 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 victory. The match was a three-hour 15 minute affair with both pairs trading breaks only twice.
In the mixed doubles draw, the second-seeded pair of Sania and Bruno Soares made short work of Janette Husarova and Andre Begemann 6-2, 6-4 in the second-round encounter. The Indo-Brazil combine got past the Slovak-German pair in 61 minutes to move into the last-16.
DAY V RESULTS
Men’s singles Round III
Novak Djokovic (1, Srb) bt Bernard Tomic (27, Aus) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3; Stan Wawrinka (4, Sui) bt Fernando Verdasco (Esp) 6-4, 6-3, 6-4; Nick Kyrgios (26, Aus) bt Milos Raonic (7, Can) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3; Richard Gasquet (21, Fra) bt Grigor Dimitrov (11, Bul) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; Kevin Anderson (14, SA) bt Leonardo Mayer (24, Arg) 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-3; David Goffin (16, Bel) bt Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Women’s singles round II
Serena Williams (1, US) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5; Maria Sharapova (4, Rus) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (29, Rom) 6-4, 6-3; Lucie Safarova (6, Cze) bt Sloane Stephens (US) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Zarina Diyas (Kaz) bt Andrea Petkovic (14, Ger) 7-5, 6-4; Venus Williams (16, US) bt Aleksandra Krunic (Srb) 6-3, 6-2; Coco Vandeweghe (US) bt Samantha Stosur (22, Aus) 6-2, 6-0; Victoria Azarenka (23, Blr) bt Kristina Mladenovic (Fra) 6-4, 6-4; Belinda Bencic (30, Sui) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US) 7-5, 7-5.
Men’s doubles Round II
Rohan Bopanna (Ind)/Florin Mergea (9, Rom) bt Thomaz Bellucci (Bra)/Guillermo Duran (Arg) 7-5, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
Women’s doubles Round II
Martina Hingis (Sui)/Sania Mirza (1, Ind) bt Kimiko Date-Krumm (Jap)/Francesca Schiavone (Ita) 6-0, 6-1.
Mixed doubles Round I
Nicholas Monroe (US)/Madison Brengle (US) bt Mahesh Bhupathi (Ind)/Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2; Rohan Bopanna (Ind)/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Esp) bt Eric Butorac (US)/ Katalin Marosi (Hun) 7-6 (9), 5-7, 7-5.
Seeded players and Indians only