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Thursday June 27, 2013

Ivanovic and Hewitt stunned, Azarenka and Darcis limp out

Sweet surprise: Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard returning a
shot against Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic during their second-round
match yesterday. Bouchard won 6-3, 6-3. — AFP Sweet surprise: Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard returning a shot against Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic during their second-round match yesterday. Bouchard won 6-3, 6-3. — AFP

Ana Ivanovic, the former world number one, was knocked out of the Wimbledon second round yesterday by Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, the reigning girls’ champion.

The 12th seeded Serb, who made the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2007, was beaten 6-3, 6-3 in 63 minutes by the 19-year-old Bouchard, who is making her main draw debut at the All England Club.

Bouchard, the world number 66, faces Spanish 19th seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round.

The match was swiftly rescheduled for Centre Court after second seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the tournament just before her match against Flavia Pennetta, citing the nasty right knee injury she sustained during her first round match.

“We found out 15 minutes before going on court so I was really excited, it was crazy and great to play before this crowd,” Bouchard said.

On speculation that she could be the next big thing in women’s tennis, she said: “It’s nice to hear those things for sure. I’m really happy to play well again here. Last year I won the juniors so it feels like my second home here, I love it here.”

Lleyton Hewitt was also dumped by German qualifier Dustin Brown, the dreadlocked former Jamaica player ending the 2002 champion’s hopes of an impressive comeback run.

Brown, whose fluid style and range of shots won him fans on Court 2, beat the Australian veteran 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2 in the second round clash.

Second seed Azarenka and Steve Darcis, the man who sent Rafael Nadal crashing to a humiliating Wimbledon exit, both withdrew from the tournament through injury yesterday.

Azarenka and Darcis were just two of four injury-hit storylines on the third day of the championships.

America’s John Isner, famous for winning the longest match in history at Wimbledon in 2010, pulled out after just two games of his second-round tie.

Czech veteran Radek Stepanek was also an on-court casualty, quitting his second-round clash with a thigh injury.

World number two Azarenka was forced to withdraw just minutes before she was due on Centre Court to face Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta.

The Australian Open champion suffered a right knee injury in her first-round win over Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal where she needed a 10-minute treatment period by the tournament doctor.

“Really sad 4 Vika that her knee is bad. seeing the injury when it happened, i was surprised she was able 2 finish her match. Hope she’ll be ok,” tweeted former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova.

Pennetta goes on to face France’s Alize Cornet for a place in the last 16.

Darcis, the world number 135 who stunned Nadal on Monday, pulled out with a right shoulder injury.

“I was playing maybe the best tennis in my life here,” said the 29-year-old Belgian.

“Not to go on the court today, it’s maybe the most disappointing thing I have had to do.”

Darcis, who hurt his shoulder in a fall during his win over Nadal, had been due to face Poland’s Lukasz Kubot in the second round.

“Sadly, this is sport.

“The greatest moment of his career is followed by the greatest disappointment,” said Darcis’ coach, Reginald Willems.

Darcis inflicted Nadal’s first ever opening round defeat at a Grand Slam with his stunning straight sets win. Kubot will face either Benoit Paire or Stephane Robert for a place in the last 16.

Wimbledon marathon man Isner was forced to quit his second-round match after just two games.

The 28-year-old, 18th seeded American had to retire against France’s Adrian Mannarino with the score at 1-1 in the first set after he injured his knee while serving.

Isner famously defeated Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 in a tie that lasted 11 hours and five minutes over the course of three days.

The final set finished at 70-68 in his favour.

“I was just serving like I have 20 million times, nothing different, the knee just grabbed and I knew I was in serious trouble,” said Isner.

Mannarino goes on to face either former champion Lleyton Hewitt or Dustin Brown for a place in the last 16.

Stepanek was 6-2, 5-3 down to Poland’s Jerzy Jancowicz, the 24th seed, when he quit with a left thigh injury.

Jancowicz will face either Nicolas Almagro or Guillaume Rufin for a place in the last 16. — AFP

Men’s singles First round: Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Florian Mayer (Ger) 6-3, 7-5, 6-4; Bobby Reynolds (US) bt Steve Johnson (US) 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4; Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger) bt Blaz Kavcic (Slo) 6-4, 6-1, 6-3; Jrmy Chardy (Fra) bt Ryan Harrison (US) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; Feliciano Lopez (Spa) bt Gilles Simon (Fra) 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (13-11); Paul-Henri Mathieu (Fra) bt Ricardas Berankis (Ltu) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4; Jimmy Wang (Tpe) bt Wayne Odesnik (US) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5; Tommy Haas (Ger) bt Dmitry Tursunov (Rus) 6-3, 7-5, 7-5; Richard Gasquet (Fra) bt Marcel Granollers (Spa) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-4; Go Soeda (Jpn) bt Andreas Haider-Maurer (Aut) 7-6 (8-6), 7-5, 6-1; James Blake (US) bt Thiemo de Bakker (Ned) 6-1, 6-3, 6-2;

Bernard Tomic (Aus) bt Sam Querrey (US) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3; Kevin Anderson (Rsa) bt Olivier Rochus (Bel) 6-4, 6-2, 6-1; Michal Przysiezny (Pol) bt Philipp Petzschner (Ger) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0; Daniel Brands (Ger) bt Daniel Gimeno (Spa) 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-4; Tomas Berdych (Cze) bt Martin Klizan (Svk) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; David Ferrer (Spa) bt Martn Alund (Arg) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; Roberto Bautista (Spa) bt Teimuraz Gabashvili (Rus) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); Santiago Giraldo (Col) bt Horacio Zeballos (Arg) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 6-3; Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) bt Gasto Elias (Por) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2; Milos Raonic (Can) bt Carlos Berlocq (Arg) 6-4, 6-3, 6-3; Igor Sijsling (Ned) bt Alex Kuznetsov (US) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; Denis Kudla (US) bt James Duckworth (Aus) 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1; Ivan Dodig (Cro) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) 4-6, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 2-1 retired;

Kei Nishikori (Jpn) bt Matthew Ebden (Aus) 6-2, 6-4, 6-3; Leonardo Mayer (Arg) bt Aljaz Bedene (Slo) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4; Michael Llodra (Fra) bt Jarkko Nieminen (Fin) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 6-3; Andreas Seppi (Ita) bt Denis Istomin (Uzb) 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 3-6, 6-3; Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) bt Simone Bolelli (Ita) 6-1, 6-4, 6-3; Grega Zemlja (Slo) bt Michael Russell (US) 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-1; Jesse Levine (Can) bt Guido Pella (Arg) 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 4-3 retired; Juan Martn Del Potro (Arg) bt Albert Ramos (Spa) 6-2, 7-5, 6-1;

Dustin Brown (Ger) bt Lleyton Hewitt (Aus) 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2.

Women’s singles

First round: Serena Williams (US) bt Mandy Minella (Lux) 6-1, 6-3; Caroline Garcia (Fra) bt Zheng Jie (Chn) 6-3, 6-4; Kimiko Date Krumm (Jpn) bt Carina Witthoeft (Ger) 6-0, 6-2; Alexandra Cadantu (Rom) bt Tamira Paszek (Aut) 6-2, 7-5; Sabine Lisicki (Ger) bt Francesca Schiavone (Ita) 6-1, 6-2; Elena Vesnina (Rus) bt Andrea Hlavckov (Cze) 6-2, 7-5; Olga Puchkova (Rus) bt Arantxa Rus (Ned) 6-4, 6-2; Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt Anna Schmiedlov (Svk) 6-1, 6-3; Laura Robson (Bri) bt Maria Kirilenko (Rus) 6-3, 6-4; Mariana Duque (Col) bt Julia Grges (Ger) 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5; Marina Erakovic (Nzl) bt Ayumi Morita (Jpn) 4-6, 6-0, 7-5; Peng Shuai (Chn) bt Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa) 6-3, 6-2; Alison Riske (US) bt Romina Oprandi (Swi) 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 3-1 retired; Urszula Radwanska (Pol) bt Mallory Burdette (US) 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2; Kaia Kanepi (Est) bt Tara Moore (Bri) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5; Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) bt Yvonne Meusburger (Aut) 6-1, 6-1; Mathilde Johansson (Fra) bt Tmea Babos (Hun) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3;

Angelique Kerber (Ger) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US) 6-3, 6-4; Madison Keys (US) bt Heather Watson (Bri) 6-3, 7-5; Mona Barthel (Ger) bt Monica Niculescu (Rom) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Tsvetana Pironkova (Bul) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) 6-0, 6-1; Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk) 5-7, 6-0, 6-1; Petra Martic (Cro) bt Anna Tatishvili (Geo) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3; Karolna Pliskova (Cze) bt Nadia Petrova (Rus) 6-3, 6-2; Roberta Vinci (Ita) bt Chanelle Scheepers (Rsa) 6-2, 6-1; Jana Cepelov (Svk) bt Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) 6-4, 6-1; Mara Teresa Torr (Spa) bt Irina Begu (Rom) 6-3, 6-4; Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) bt Maria Elena Camerin (Ita) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Klara Zakopalova (Cze) bt Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) 6-4, 6-3; Annika Beck (Ger) bt Nina Bratchikova (Rus) 6-3, 6-2; Simona Halep (Rom) bt Olga Govortsova (Blr) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Li Na (Chn) bt Michalla Krajicek (Ned) 6-1, 6-1;

Eugenie Bouchard (Can) bt Ana Ivanovic (Srb) 6-3, 6-3.

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