Monday Wimbledon Schedule; Jankovic Limps Through
by Staff | June 28th, 2008, 11:14 pm

Nadal, Murray Head Fed Threats Advancing Saturday at Wimbledon

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal joined the final 16 at Wimbledon on Saturday, straight-setting No. 27 seed Nicolas Kiefer to set up a Monday meeting with No. 17 seed Mikhail Youzhny. All 16 remaining players will be in action Monday at Wimbledon following the middle Sunday off.

Youzhny advanced with a tough five-set win over No. 16 seed Radek Stepanek.

Other players into the Round of 16 Saturday were (8) Richard Gasquet (d. (28) Gilles Simon in four), (12) Andy Murray (d. Tommy Haas in four), and unseeded Croat Marin Cilic (d. (14) Paul-Henri Mathieu in four).

The Brit attention Monday will be on the Murray vs. Gasquet clash.

“He’s a very talented player and has one of the best backhands in the game, but I feel like I’m playing well enough to win the match,” Murray told BBC Sport.

Serb Janko Tipsarevic made good on his earlier upset over Andy Roddick, on Saturday upsetting No. 25 seed Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets.

Winners in all-unseeded play were German and Blake-beater Rainer Schuettler (d. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez), and Frenchman Arnaud Clement (d. Jurgen Melzer from a set down).

Squaring off Monday will be (1) Roger Federer vs. (20) Lleyton Hewitt, (8) Richard “Baby Fed” Gasquet vs. (12) Andy Murray, (2) Rafael Nadal vs. (17) Mikhail Youzhny, Marat Safin vs. (13) Stan Wawrinka, Janko Tipsarevic vs. Rainer Schuettler, (22) Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco vs. Mario “Baby Goran” Ancic, Marin Cilic vs. Arnaud Clement, and (10) Marcos Baghdatis vs. (31) Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez.

Drama Queen Jankovic Survives at Wimbledon

No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic reinforced her drama-queen moniker Saturday at Wimbledon, limping through the third set and a knee injury in a gutsy win over No. 31-seeded teen Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Jankovic appeared to hyperextend her knee in the first set, but it wasn’t until after the second set that she called a trainer, had her knee heavily bandaged, then later had the trainer remove the bandage when she complained she couldn’t feel her knee.

“It happened in the beginning of the first set,” Jankovic told reporters. “I slid and my leg went straight and then bent so quickly, and it was a sharp pain in that moment. But then I continued to play and play, and it was getting worse and worse. Because especially on grass you have to stay low every time. You have to bend a lot. And especially in the end, in the third set, I was struggling a little bit, but somehow came through.”

No. 7 seed Venus Williams was also tested after cruising through an easy first set 6-1 against a nervous Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. In the second set the Spaniard attacked the net against the American at every opportunity, displaying a deft touch and keeping the elder Williams sister off balance. Williams eventually broke at 5-5 and served out the match for a 6-1, 7-5 victory.

“The second set she just changed her strategy, started playing better, and got that break back,” Williams said. “Played aggressive to get the break back. I was pretty happy because she started putting some pressure on. I had some good answers.”

Winners in all-unseeded play were Alla Kudryavtseva (d. Shuai Peng in three), Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn (d. Marina Erakovic in three), and Alisa Kleybanova (d. Ai Sugiyama).

On tap for Monday at Wimbledon are (4) Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. (14) Agnieszka Radwanska (on stadium — why?), (18) Nicole Vaidisova vs. (8) Anna Chakvetadze, (7) Venus Williams vs. Alisa Kleybanova, Bethanie Mattek vs. (6) Serena Williams, Jie Zheng vs. (15) Agnes Szavay, (21) Nadia Petrova vs. Alla Kudryavtseva in an all-Russian, (5) Elena Dementieva vs. (24) Shahar Peer, and Thai Tamarine Tanasugarn vs. (2) Jelena Jankovic.

Rafael Nadal has won 20 straight matches, and he’s into the fourth round at a Slam for a ninth straight time. Nadal has won all 8 sets against Nicolas Kiefer this year…

Marin Cilic and Paul-Henri Mathieu have played six times this year, three times in the last three weeks, the last two won by Cilic…

We are guaranteed an unseeded semifinalist in the men’s third quarter…

All 16 fourth-round matches are scheduled for Monday…

Lleyton Hewitt is the only non-European left on the men’s field…

Andy Murray, Janko Tipsarevic and Lleyton Hewitt have only dropped serve once…

Rainer Schuettler had just four matches wins on the season entering Wimbledon…

No play Sunday, so who cares about the weather in London…

Jelena Jankovic is two wins from a possible No. 1 ranking…

Best media question, from the Jelena Jankovic post-match conference at Wimbledon Saturday: “Does the ball bounce a lot differently than a fast hard court?”…

Three lefthanders have reached the men’s round of 16, all from Spain — Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez — the most through to this stage here since 2006…

The WTA tour is reportedly negotiating with Abu Dhabi Sports Council about staging a tournament in the capital…

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5 Comments for Monday Wimbledon Schedule; Jankovic Limps Through

Dan Martin Says:

All 3 lefties are from Spain too – Tres hombres por la izquierda (?)

JCF Says:

Nadal is technically a righty… he just plays left. Does everything else right handed.

Moya and Sharapova are the reverse. They’re lefties. Sometimes sharapova hits the ball left handed when she’s on the stretch, and the ignorant commentators fawn over her amazing left handed winners. Hint: She’s naturally left handed Tracy.

jane Says:

JCF – I didn’t know that about Sharapova; I don’t think a commentator has ever mentioned that – strange. Maybe if Maria got a new coach s/he could help Maria use that to her advantage?

alex Says:

“Best media question, from the Jelena Jankovic post-match conference at Wimbledon Saturday: “Does the ball bounce a lot differently than a fast hard court?”…”

And what’s Jankovic’s response to that? :)

Bob Lewis Says:

alex Says:
“Best media question, from the Jelena Jankovic post-match conference at Wimbledon Saturday: “Does the ball bounce a lot differently than a fast hard court?”…”

And what’s Jankovic’s response to that?


Q. Does the ball bounce a lot differently than a fast hard court?

JELENA JANKOVIC: The ball sometimes skids and you also have bad bounces. It’s a very specific surface where everything if you lose your focus, if you lose your timing, it’s very hard to come back into the match, to really get your rhythm again. Like on other surfaces, on clay or on hard court, if you start playing badly, somehow you can get back into the match and start playing well again. On grass, that is a little bit more difficult, because everything is happening so fast, in a hurry. You don’t hit so many balls. So if you were hitting your ball, you know, too late or you have some problem technically, it’s very hard to fix it.

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