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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Day 6: Review of the Day

Photo Titled Venus Williams keeps on winning
Venus Williams will be coming back next week after her straight sets victory over Carla Suarez Navarro.

After a week of relative calm at Wimbledon, the storm clouds gathered ominously above the courts of the All England Club on middle Saturday. Despite rumblings of thunder in the distance there were no shocks today on Centre Court with Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams all progressing comfortably to the fourth round.

Murray in particular was in fine form beating Viktor Troicki in straight sets and a little over 90 minutes. Venus Williams too looked strong, avenging a defeat by Carla Suarez Navarro at the Australian Open earlier in the year with a comfortable 6-0, 6-4 victory. Roddick was made to work harder for his win over Jurgen Meltzer but eventually came through in four sets.

The same could not be said elsewhere though, with seeds five and six in the ladies’ singles both crashing out today to unfancied teenage opponents. Sixth seed Jelena Jankovic went out to 17-year-old qualifier Melanie Oudin on Court 3 and French Open winner and fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova crashing out to 19-year-old Sabine Lisicki on No.1 Court.

Jankovic received lengthy on-court treatment after feeling dizzy. "I thought I was gonna end up in hospital," she said after her 6-7, 7-5. 6-2 defeat. “I started to shake, I was losing consciousness. I was like a ghost, white in the face, I didn't know where I was. It was a really strange feeling and I started to cry."

Kuznetsova’s 6-2, 7-5 defeat came on the day of her 24th birthday. "I wasn't feeling my comfort at all. I was not moving much and I was not doing my thing," admitted Kuznetsova. "You have got to be quick and at maximum level all the time and I haven't done so today. That's why I lost."

In the men’s draw, seeds 10, 11 and 12 all fell but their defeats were less surprising, with 11th seed Marin Cilic losing his continued match from Friday to Tommy Haas and Nikolay Davydenko beaten by Tomas Berdych seeded only eight places below him at 20.

In the day's last encounter on No.1 Court, tenth seeded Fernando Gonzalez was defeated by wild card Juan Carlos Ferrero in a five-setter that for a while looked like it could be the first match of the tournament to be played under the Centre Court retractable roof. Wimbledon officials announced that the match could be completed under a roof-covered Centre Court, should the weather intervene. However, the move was not required as rain and bad light stayed away, with Ferrero breaking Gonzalez at 5-4 in the deciding set to secure his place in the final 16.

Elsewhere, there were straight sets wins for eighth seed Gilles Simon and Lleyton Hewitt who continued his good run at this year’s Championships. In the ladies’ event, current No.1 Dinara Safina defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, while former world No.1’s Amelie Mauresmo and Ana Ivanovic also got through to Monday’s fourth round.

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