Lopez Beats Roddick in Wimbledon Third Round; Sharapova, Wozniacki Advance
Andy Roddick, a three-time runner- up, was upset in the third round of Wimbledon by Feliciano Lopez.
Roddick, a losing finalist to six-time winner Roger Federer of Switzerland in 2004, 2005 and 2009, lost to the 44th-ranked Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
It was the Spaniard’s first win over the former top-ranked American in eight meetings. Roddick, the last American man to win a major at the 2003 U.S. Open, had lost in the fourth round last year. Lopez, who was beaten by Roddick two weeks ago at a grass-court warmup at Queen’s, is a two-time quarterfinalist at Wimbledon.
“It’s a great win,” Lopez said in a televised courtside interview. “I’ve never beaten Andy, so it was important to me to win today. He won there, but I’m happy to repay it here at Wimbledon.”
Rain forced a stoppage in play at 5:39 p.m. local time, and outside matches were rescheduled for tomorrow shortly after 7 p.m. Centre Court play resumed, with fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka beating Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in a third-round match.
Earlier, Sharapova overcame a challenge by British 17-year- old Laura Robson to join women’s top seed Wozniacki in the third round.
The 2004 champion beat Robson 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 on Court No. 1 at the All England Club. Their match had originally been scheduled for yesterday, when rain frequently interrupted play on all courts apart from Centre Court, which has a retractable roof.
“I felt like I started off really slow and she started off really well,” Sharapova said in a news conference. “Quite the opposite of me, I think she was much more aggressive than I was in the beginning.”
Sharapova, who lost to eventual championLi Na in her first French Open semifinal earlier this month, needed 25 minutes to get on the scoreboard. The Russian, who won Wimbledon at 17, fought back from 4-1 down to force a tiebreaker, which she won as Robson dumped a return into the net. She won the match as Robson hit a forehand wide.
Murray Last Standing
The 254th-ranked Robson, who took the junior title at Wimbledon in 2008, had won her first Grand Slam match here earlier in the week. Shortly before Robson’s defeat, British No. 1 Elena Baltacha was beaten on Court 18 by China’s Peng Shuai, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. That means there are no more British women left in the draw.
Murray, the only British man left in the singles draw, beat former world No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) in a third-round match played under the retractable roof on Centre Court that ended at 9:49 p.m. local time.
“It was a tough one, both of us were struggling a bit on our second serves,” Murray said in a televised interview. “It was heavy out there.”
The Scot, a two-time semifinalist, will play Richard Gasquet next. The Frenchman defeated Simone Bolelli of Italy in straight sets earlier today.
Wozniacki beat Virginie Razzano of France, 6-1, 6-3, to move to the third round. The 20-year-old Dane is playing her third Grand Slam event as the world’s best female tennis player, but has yet to win a major. Her best performance at Wimbledon was reaching the fourth round in 2009 and 2010.
Just like four-time winner and defending champion Serena Williams yesterday, Wozniacki’s match was scheduled on Court 2, a small show court a five-minute walk from the main Wimbledon complex.
“I think I deserve to play on one of the bigger courts,” Wozniacki said. “Obviously, everyone wants to play in there. It’s up to the tournament to decide where we’re going to play. I just go out there and I try to win.”
Venus Williams beat Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6- 0, 6-2. The American’s next opponent, Tsvetana Pironkova, scored the biggest upset so far in the tournament when she defeated second-seeded Vera Zvonareva of Russia 6-2, 6-3 in a third-round match. The Bulgarian had ousted Venus Williams last year in the quarterfinals.
“I’m ready to bring my best game and my best competition,” Williams said in a news conference. “Last year, I just got unhappy with how I was playing and I let that affect my game. This year, I won’t let that happen.”
Svetlana Kuznetsova, a former French Open and U.S. Open champion, was beaten by Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer, 4-6, 6-3, 6- 4. Marion Bartoli, a runner-up in 2007, advanced to the third round by defeating Spain’s Lourdes Dominguez Lino in three sets.
Andrea Petkovic, the No. 11 seed from Germany, was upset by Russia’s Ksenia Pervak, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). American teenager Ryan Harrison of the U.S. lost to the No. 7 seed from Spain David Ferrer, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The match between top-seeded Rafael Nadal and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg was moved to tomorrow after rain stopped play just as the Spaniard had taken the first set. Muller defeated him at the 2005 tournament. Last year’s runner-up Tomas Berdych was leading Alex Bogomolov Jr. of the U.S., 6-2, 6-4, 4-3 when rain stopped play.
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