Czech Republic’s 2014 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was shocked by ex-world no.1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia. Kvitova fell to a three-set defeat as Jankovic powered her way in the second and third sets. The giant killing acts of Nadal’s conqueror, Dustin Brown and British wild card James Ward finished with their third round defeats. However, no.2 and 3 men’s seeds Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the round-of-sixteen.
In the biggest upset of sixth day at 2015 Wimbledon, women’s defending champion Petra Kvitova lost her third round match to Serbia’s 28th seed Jelena Jankovic. Heading into her match with Jankovic, Kvitova displayed scintillating form in her first two matches, in which her opponents found her too hot to handle. Even in the first set against Jankovic on Saturday, Kvitova took just 35 minutes to take the first set 6-3 and looked like easily cruising to the fourth round. But the Serbian veteran was not finished as she went on winning her service games until the 11th game of the second set and led 6-5. Then on Kvitova’s service in the 12th game, the Serb broke her as Kvitova sent a forehand into the net. The decider was tense as both players kept holding their service until the 10th game. All of sudden, Kvitova lost her composure and made several errors to slide down from 30-0 to trail 30-40 and presented Jankovic her first match point. The Serbian made good the opportunity first time as she returned deep and Kvitova’s ensuing backhand got entangled in the net. In sheer excitement, Jankovic dropped herself to the floor and lay there for a while before reaching the net to shake hands with Kvitova. It was the first time since 2009 that the two-time Wimbledon winner Kvitova has failed to reach at least the quarter-finals at the All England Club. Loss of Kvitova means that 6 out of top 10 women’s seeded players have dropped out of contention in Wimbledon 2015 and only Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Lucie Safarova and Caroline Wozniacki remain as the tournament enters the second week.
In other women’s matches on Saturday, Jankovic’s fourth round opponent Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland defeated Australian Casey Dellacqua 6-1 6-4 after being 0-4 down in the second set. Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki defeated Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2 to set up a fourth round clash with Spain’s 20th seed Garbine Muguruza, who shocked 10th seeded German Angelique Kerber 7-6, 1-6, 6-2. The run of another German, Sabine Lisicki also ended, when she lost 3-6, 2-6 to Switzerland’s rising star and 15th seed Timea Bacsinszky. The Swiss will next play Romania’s Monica Niculescu, who defeated Czech Republic’s Kristyna Pliskova 6-3 7-5. USA’s Madison Keys scored straight sets 6-4, 6-4 victory over Germany’s Tatjana Maria and will take on Belarusian Olga Govortsova, who beat Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6, 6-3.
In men’s field, no.3 seed Roger Federer defeated Australia’s Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 after losing the third set. The 7-time champion hasn’t dropped his serve this year and played generally better than the Australian. No.3 seed Andy Murray also dropped a set against Italy’s Andreas Seppi before finishing 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 to enter the fourth round. In other third round matches, Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6; Croat Ivo Karlovic knocked out Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6; Britain’s wild card James Ward was beaten by Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 8-6; Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated USA’s John Isner in five sets 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 and Dustin Brown, who upset Nadal lost to Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 4-6, 6-7, 6-4, 3-6.
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