Svetlana Kuznetsova’s 24th birthday party fell flat on Saturday as the French Open champion crashed out of Wimbledon, suffering a shock 6-2, 7-5 third round defeat against unseeded German Sabine Lisicki.
Just 21 days after beating fellow-Russian Dinara Safina at Roland Garros to claim her second Grand Slam title, Kuznetsova was brought down to earth with a bump on Wimbledon’s Court One.
The glory of Paris turned to despair in south-west London as Kuznetsova fulfiled her pre-tournament prediction that she would struggle at the All England Club.
Former world number one Jelena Jankovic, battling in searing heat with what she called ‘woman problems’ was sent tumbling out of the tournament by American qualifier Melanie Oudin in the third round.
In the biggest shock of the women’s draw so far, the statuesque Serb could not cope in the baking conditions at the All England Club, succumbing 6-7 7-5 6-2 to the ebullient teenager who refused to be overawed by the sixth seed.
Easy for Venus, Ana
Venus Williams avenged one of the most embarrassing defeats of her career as the defending champion swept into the last 16 with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro.
Williams, who faces former world number one Ana Ivanovic in the fourth round, said: “I was really enjoying myself out there. She's a fast and competitive player so I was happy to close it out.
Ivanovic raced into the fourth round with a straight sets defeat of Australia's in-form Samantha Stosur. The Serbian former world number one beat the 18th seed 7-5, 6-2.
Hewitt, Haas in last 16
Senior Citizens Lleyton Hewitt and Tommy Haas thrived at a sweltering Wimbledon on Saturday to reach the last 16.
Hewitt, the 2002 champion, reached the fourth round for the sixth year in succession with a 7-5, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 win over Germany’s Philipp Petzschner and will now tackle Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic for a place in the quarter-finals.
The 28-year-old Australian, steadily rebuilding his career after a lengthy lay-off following hip surgery, has yet to drop a set and showed why he is such a danger by putting out Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.
German veteran Tommy Haas demanded Wimbledon install floodlights and introduce final set tie-breakers after winning a marathon five-set third round clash over Marin Cilic. The 31-year-old German beat the 11th seeded Croatian 7-5, 7-5, 1-6, 6-7 (3/7), 10-8 in a four and a half hour tie which had started on Friday afternoon but had been held over for bad light.