Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur
suffered a second-round upset, while former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was
sent packing in round one at The Championships, Wimbledon.
Promising 21-year-old Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus knocked out the fifth-seeded
Aussie Stosur 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 on Court 1 at the All England Club. Stosur has
only ever reached the third round once in 10 tries on the grass in this London
suburb and has suffered five opening-round losses at tennis' most prestigious
Rus shocked former world No. 1 star Kim Clijsters in the second round last
year at the French Open.
Aggressive Austrian Tamira Paszek toppled the seventh-seeded Wozniacki 5-7,
7-6 (7-4), 6-4 under the roof at Centre Court. The match started on Tuesday
and was suspended because of rain, and the bout was interrupted by rain once
again on Wednesday, prompting tournament officials to close the expensive
translucent roof on Day 3.
Paszek served for the match leading 5-3 in the third set, only to see
Wozniacki break to stay alive. But the Dane was promptly broken herself in the
next game when the Austrian converted on her first match point with a
blistering forehand winner, her 54th winner of the high-quality 3-hour,
The former U.S. Open runner-up Wozniacki had to save four set points just to
win the first set on Wednesday.
This marks only the second time that Wozniacki has lost in the first round of
a major (20-2). She has never reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
The 21-year-old Paszek was a Wimbledon quarterfinalist last year and has now
won five of her last six matches at the AEC.
Paszek, fresh off her grass-court title at Eastbourne, has now won her last
six matches overall, this after winning only two WTA matches all year prior to
Meanwhile, 15th-seeded Sabine Lisicki overcame loud Serb Bojana Jovanovski
3-6, 6-2, 8-6. The German slugger Lisicki reached the Wimbledon semis a year
Afterwards, Lisicki said Jovanovski makes more on-court noise than Maria
Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, who are both well known for their screams and
"It was distracting," Lisicki said. "You usually hear the sound of the ball
but I couldn't hear it because of her grunting. That's why we have the
"It was completely different from Sharapova or Azarenka but off-putting as
well. Grunting is part of the game but it shouldn't be off-putting and be an
advantage for the one who is doing it."
Rising American Sloane Stephens reached the third round with a 7-6 (8-6), 4-6,
6-3 upset of 23rd-seeded Czech Petra Cetkovska, while promising British
favorite Heather Watson moved on with a 6-1, 6-4 second-round victory over
American Jamie Hampton.
Tenth-seeded French Open runner-up Sara Errani of Italy reached the second
round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over American Coco Vandeweghe.
In other first-round action involving seeds, Czech veteran Klara Zakopalova
ousted No. 13 Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-1, No. 14 Serb Ana Ivanovic
got past Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, and No. 22 German
Julia Goerges grounded Israeli Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-2. Ivanovic is a former
world No. 1 and French Open champ.
Additional first-round wins came for Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko, Belarusian
Olga Govortsova and France's Alize Cornet.
Rain delayed play for several hours on the outside courts on Wednesday.
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