28 Jun 2011

Williams sisters out of Wimbledon

10:32 am on 28 June 2011

It has been a sensational start to week two at Wimbledon with the Williams sisters and the women's top seed eliminated and the youngest men's quarterfinalist in a generation.

Losses for the American sisters mean there will be a new name on the trophy for the first time since 2006.

Defending women's champion Serena Williams succumbed 6-3 7-6 to 9th seed Marion Bartoli from France in London on Monday, but the four-time champion felt it was no disgrace, heading home early after nearly a year out of the game due to illness and injury.

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

Women's top seed Caroline Wozniacki remains a world No 1 without a grand slam title after she was beaten 6-1 7-6 7-5 by Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia.

Nadal survives injury scare

Defending champion Rafael Nadal suffered a major injury scare which pushed him to the brink of pulling out clash against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.

The world No 1 needed a lengthy medical time out at 6-6 in the first set to have his left foot bandaged. Although Nadal went on to claim a 7-6 3-6 7-6 6-4 victory, the Spaniard admitted he was close to quitting.

Third seed Roger Federer, of Switzerland, beat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 6-3 6-3 6-3, while fourth seed Andy Murray from Scotland beat France's Richard Gasquet 7-6 6-3 6-2.

Australian Bernard Tomic beat Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-1 7-5 6-4 to become Wimbledon's youngest quarterfinalist since Boris Becker in 1986.

The 18-year-old and world No 158 meets Novak Djokovic in the next round. The Serbian and No 2 seed had a comfortable win over France's Michael Llodra 6-3 6-3 6-3.

Erakovic into doubles quarterfinals

New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic and her partner have made the quarter-finals of the womens doubles.

Erakovic and Tamarine Tanasugara, of Thailand, beat the 10th seeded Czech pairing of Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2 6-1 on Monday.

Erakovic and Tanasugarn reached the main draw after a late withdrawal of another entry.