WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - The 2008 Championships now have the distinction of being the first Grand Slam event in the 40-year
history of the open era without one of the top four seeded women in
The second week of Wimbledon got under way today with Number 2 Jelena Jankovic dropping a 6-3, 6-2 fourth-round decision to 60th-ranked Tamarine Tanasugarn.
Fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova followed Jankovic out the door at the All England Club. The 2004 U.S. Open champion was toppled by 19-year-old Agniezka Radwanska 6-4, 1-6,
Number-1 Ana Ivanovic and third-seeded Maria Sharapova were ousted last week.
The Williams sisters avoided the upset bug and are a step closer
to a potential meeting in Saturday's final.
Defending champion Venus advanced to the quarterfinals with a
6-3, 6-4 win over Alisa Kleybanova. The seventh-seeded American has yet to lose a set in the tournament. She will continue her quest for a fifth Wimbledon title against the 31-year-old Tanasugarn, who will be appearing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Two-time champion and sixth-seeded Serena Williams followed her
sibling into the quarters with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over fellow
American Bethany Mattek.
Fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva also was a winner on Day 8 of the fortnight, as was Zheng Zie. The Chinese wild-card entry followed up last week's upset of Ivanovic by beating 15th-seeded Agnes Szavay of
Hungary 6-3, 6-4 to secure her first Grand Slam quarterfinals berth.
Men's top seed Roger Federer had an easier time than expected
with Lleyton Hewitt, racing past the Aussie 7-6, 6-2, 6-4
in their round of 16 meeting. It's the Swiss star's 63rd straight
match victory on grass.
Hewitt was the last man to win Wimbledon before Federer started
his remarkable run of five straight titles at the All England Club.
Second-seeded Rafael Nadal remained on track for a
potential finals matchup with Federer by disposing of Mikhail
Youzhny 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. The Spaniard was the
runner-up to Federer at Wimbledon the past two years.
Tenth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis lost a five-setter to Feliciano Lopez.