Lopez Upsets Roddick at Wimbledon; Sharapova and Murray Advance
Andy Roddick, a three-time runner- up, was upset in the third round of Wimbledon by Feliciano Lopez.
Five-time champion Venus Williams, former title holder Maria Sharapova, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and Britain’s No. 4 seed Andy Murray all advanced yesterday on another rain- stricken day in London.
Roddick, a losing finalist to six-time winner Roger Federer of Switzerland in 2004, 2005 and 2009, lost to the 44th-ranked Lopez 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
It was the Spaniard’s first win against the former top- ranked player in eight meetings. Roddick, the last American man to win a major at the 2003 U.S. Open, lost in the fourth round last year. Lopez, who was beaten by Roddick two weeks ago at a grass-court warm-up 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 yesterday, and outside matches were rescheduled for today shortly after 7 p.m. Centre Court play resumed with the roof closed, with fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka beating Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in a third-round match.
In action today, defending champion Rafael Nadal resumes his third-round match that was abandoned last night just as the Spaniard had taken the first set against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg on Court 1. Serena Williams, a four-time champion, faces Russia’s Maria Kirilenko.
On Centre Court, Argentina’s David Nalbandian faces Federer. Second-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia continues his quest for a first Wimbledon title against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.
Yesterday, Sharapova overcame a challenge by British 17- year-old Laura Robson to join women’s top seed Wozniacki in the third round. The Russian plays Czech Klara Zakopalova today.
Sharapova, 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 a day earlier, 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.”
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 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.
Wozniacki Defeats Razzano
Wozniacki beat Virginie Razzano of France, 6-1, 6-3, to move to the third round. The 20-year-old Dane, who is playing her third Grand Slam event as the world’s best female tennis player, 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 earlier in the week, 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. Pironkova, from Bulgaria, 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.
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