28 Jun 2011

Sensational start to week two at Wimbledon

6:03 am on 28 June 2011

It's been a sensational start to week two at Wimbledon with both Williams sisters and the womens top seed eliminated, and the youngest mens quarter-finalist in a generation.

The defending womens champion Serena Williams succumbed 6-3 7-6 to the 9th seed from France Marion Bartoli, but the four times champion felt it was no disgrace heading home early after nearly a year out of the game.

Her sister Venus was outclassed by Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 6-3, the identical result from their quarter-final match last year. Since that match Pironkova had had a disastrous 12 months winning just nine matches from 22 tournaments.

And the womens top seed Caroline Wozniacki remains a world number one without a grand slam title after she was beaten 6-1 7-6 7-5 by Dominika Cibulkova. the 24th seed from Slovakia.

In the mens draw the 18 year old Australian Bernard Tomic beat the Belgian Xavier Malisse in straight sets to become Wimbledon's youngest quarter-finalist since Boris Becker in 1986.

Tomic meets Novak Djokovic in the next round.