No. 5 seed and French Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova was the biggest scalp on Saturday at Wimbledon, falling to German teen Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 7-5.
The second-biggest scalp went to unseeded American Melanie Oudin, who upset former No. 1 and No. 6 seed Jelena Jankovic 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-2.
“[I] was just thinking that she was any other player, and this was any other match, and I was at any other tournament — you know, not, like, on the biggest stage, at Wimbledon, playing my first Top 10 player,” Oudin said. “I mean, I go into every match the exact same, you know, like, no matter who I play. It’s not, like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m playing the No. 1 player in the world.’”
Jankovic attributed the loss to her own play and “women’s problems.”
“From what I have seen, she can play if you let her play,” said Jankovic. “But she cannot hurt you with anything. She doesn’t have any weapons, from what I’ve seen. She’s a consistent and quite solid player. She doesn’t make so many mistakes. But she doesn’t do anything either, so it’s like she’s depending kind of on you.”
Other players into the fourth round were (1) Dinara Safina over Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-1, (3) Venus Williams topping Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-4, (9) Caroline Wozniacki over (20) Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 6-2, (11) Agnieszka Radwanska defeating (19) Na Li 6-4, 7-5, (13) Ana Ivanovic topping (18) Samantha Stosur 7-5, 6-2, and (17) Amelie Mauresmo over (15) Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-3.
There will be no play on the middle Sunday at Wimbledon.
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