Shvedova dumps Jankovic while Safina struggles again

NEW YORK: Former finalists Elena Dementieva and Jelena Jankovic were eliminated in successive surprises in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

Blinking back tears and ignoring pain, American teenager Melanie Oudin defeated No. 4-ranked Elena Dementieva 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Then No. 5 Jelena Jankovic lost 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(6) to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in a 2 hour-40 minute match. Jankovic reached the final in 2008, but she said she wasn’t focused on this day: Her grandmother died on Wednesday.

Carnage of seeds

The losses by Dementieva and Jankovic mean half of the top 20 seeded women are out of the draw. No. 23 Sabine Lisicki of Germany also is gone, having left in tears as she was taken away in a wheelchair after injuring her ankle at the end of a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 defeat against Anastasia Rodionova of Australia.

No. 1 Dinara Safina nearly joined the parade of surprising exits, turning in her second poor performance of the week before hanging on to edge 67th-ranked Kristina Barrois of Germany 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3.

“Another tough day in the office,” said Safina, who double-faulted 15 times, including three in the tiebreaker.

“There is no problem in the technique or nothing. Just in my head.”

No seeded men lost on Thursday, when the winners included 2007 runner-up Novak Djokovic and five Americans: No. 5 Andy Roddick, No. 21 James Blake, No. 22 Sam Querrey, 55th-ranked John Isner and 276th-ranked Jesse Witten.

Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open champion and 2006 runner-up, beat Marc Gicquel of France 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 at night and now takes on the 6-foot-9 Isner.

French Open runner-up Robin Soderling advanced when his opponent, Marcel Granollers, quit during the third game with a back injury.

Djokovic cruised by Australian qualifier Carsten Ball 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Also advancing were No. 8-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, No. 10 Fernando Verdasco and No. 14 Tommy Robredo of Spain, No. 15 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic and No. 20 Tommy Haas of Germany.

On the women’s side, 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, No. 13 Nadia Petrova of Russia, No. 21 Zheng Jie of China and No. 24 Sorana Cirstea of Romania progressed. No. 19 Patty Schnyder, No. 30 Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine lost.

Oudin, aged 17 and ranked 70th, played most of the third set with a heavy wrap on her left thigh, while cramps briefly reduced her to tears as she headed to the baseline to serve.

The match ended with a loud shriek when she painted the backhand corner with her serve on her third match point.

She set up a third round match against 2006 champion Maria Sharapova, who eliminated another 17-year-old American, Christina McHale 6-2, 6-1 at night. — AP


Prefix denotes seeding

Men’s singles: Second round: 20-Tommy Haas (Ger) bt Robert Kendrick (USA) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3); Jesse Witten (USA) bt Maximo Gonzalez (Arg) 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5, 6-2; 10-Fernando Verdasco (Esp) bt Florent Serra (Fra) 6-3, 6-0, 6-3; 22-Sam Querrey (USA) bt Kevin Kim (USA) 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-4.

12-Robin Soderling (Swe) w/o Marcel Granollers (Esp), 8-Nikolay Davydenko (Rus) bt Jan Hernych (Cze) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2; 14-Tommy Robredo (Esp) bt Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Esp) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Marco Chiudinelli (Sui) bt Mikhail Youzhny (Rus) 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-3; 15-Radek Stepanek (Cze) bt Leonardo Mayer (Arg) 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4.

21-James Blake (USA) bt Olivier Rochus (Bel) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3; John Isner (USA) bt Marsel Ilhan (Tur) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(1); 4-Novak Djokovic (Srb) bt Carsten Ball (Aus) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; 23-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt Somdev Devvarman (Ind) 6-3, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2; 5-Andy Roddick (USA) bt Marc Giquel (Fra) 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

Women’s singles: Second round: 1-Dinara Safina (Rus) bt Kristina Barrois (Ger) 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3; Gisela Dulko (Arg) bt 30-Alona Bondarenko (Ukr) 6-4, 6-0; 13-Nadia Petrova (Rus) bt Julie Coin (Fra) 6-4, 7-6(3).

24-Sorana Cirstea (Rom) bt Stephanie Dubois (Can) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Melanie Oudin (USA) bt 4-Elena Dementieva (Rus) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) bt Shenay Perry (USA) 6-1, 6-1.

9-Caroline Wozniacki (Den) bt Petra Martic (Cro) 6-1, 6-0; 21-Zheng Jie (Chn) bt Alize Cornet (Fra) 1-6, 6-3, 6-3; Petra Kvitova (Cze) bt Tathiana Garbin (Ita) 6-1, 6-3; Yanina Wickmayer (Bel) bt Shuai Peng (Chn) 2-6, 6-1, 6-4; Sara Errani (Ita) bt 19-Patty Schnyder (Sui) 7-5, 6-2.

Anastasia Rodionova (Rus) bt 23-Sabine Lisicki (Ger) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5; Yaroslava Shvedova (Kaz) bt 5-Jelena Jankovic (Srb) 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(6).

6-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) bt Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) 6-4, 6-2; Shahar Peer (Isr) bt Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) 6-2, 6-0; 29-Maria Sharapova (Rus) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-2, 6-1.

Men’s doubles: First round: 3-Mahesh Bhupathi (Ind) & Mark Knowles (Bah) bt James Cerretani (USA) & Lovro Zovko (Cro) 6-3, 6-4.

Women’s doubles: First round: 14-Sania Mirza (Ind) & Francesca Schiavone (Ita) bt Ekaterina Dzehalevich (Blr) & Renata Voracova (Cze) 5-7, 7-5, 6-1.

Mixed doubles: First round: Sania Mirza (Ind) & Daniel Nestor (Can) bt Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzb) & Ashley Fisher (Aus) 6-3, 6-1; 2-Cara Black (Zim) & Leander Paes (Ind) bt Patty Schnyder (Sui) & Wesley Moodie (RSA) 6-4, 3-6, 11-9.

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