Seeds tumble out of Australian Open
At the Rod Laver, Chakvetadze let slip a one set lead against Maria Kirilenko, crashing 6-7 (6/8), 6-1, 6-2.sports Updated: Jan 19, 2008 16:31 IST
World number two Svetlana Kuznetsova became a shock casualty on day six of the Australian Open on Saturday, with sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze also sent skidding out of the tournament.
The defeat of Kuznetsova, a former US Open champion, by Polish teenager Agneiszka Radwanska was the biggest upset yet on the women's side of the draw, with three of the top 10 seeds now gone by the third round.
Two top men's seeds have fallen - ninth seed Andy Murray and sixth seed Andy Roddick, who was dumped out in the early hours of Saturday in a bad-tempered five-set marathon by Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Eighteen-year-old Radwanska, ranked 28 in the world, said she was on a mission to avenge three losses to Kuznetsova last year, and fulfilled her orders, 6-3, 6-4.
"I played against her a few times, always losing, so I said 'no more'. "It's very exciting, I'm very happy," said Radwanska, who has a fourth round match against either Russians Nadia Petrova or Ekaterina Makarova.
A devastated Kuznetsova blamed herself for blowing her chances.
"For me, it wasn't about her game. She played well, but I was not doing anything to win the match. And playing like this, I think I deserve to lose today," said the second seed.
"I was feeling fine. It's the way I was thinking on the game, the way I prepare for the game and everything, it wasn't right.
"I've got to learn to do it right way next time during Grand Slams. Every day you live and every day you are learn."
With rain delaying play on the outside courts at Melbourne Park, the early action was restricted to the Rod Laver and Vodafone Arenas, which have retractable roofs.
At the Rod Laver, Chakvetadze let slip a one set lead against 27th seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko, a childhood friend, crashing 6-7 (6/8), 6-1, 6-2.
"It was a really tough match, in the first set I was a little bit unlucky and I decided to tell myself 'Maria, come on, keep working, fight for every point' and I did it and I'm so happy," said Kirilenko.
"Usually, I'm losing my third match in a Grand Slam so I'm happy the tradition is broken, and I'm in the fouth round."
She now plays either the Slovak Republic's Daniela Hantuchova or Spain's Virginia Ruano-Pascual.
World number one Roger Federer's sprint towards a third consecutive title resumes when he plays Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic, but the day's marquee match is between Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.
It has added spice after Baghdatis became embroiled in a race controversy on Friday after videos surfaced of him chanting anti-Turkish slogans with a Greek supporters group involved in crowd trouble on Tuesday.
Baghdatis, the big-hitting and popular 2006 finalist, refused to apologise and security has been beefed up for the evening match on Rod Laver Arena.
In other action, Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, who Federer defeated in last year's final, will play Croatia's Marin Cilic.
Third seeded Serb Novak Djokovic takes on unseeded American Sam Querrey, while another unseeded player, Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, will meet 12th seeded American James Blake.
On the women's side, eighth seed Venus Williams is up against India's top player Sania Mirza, while Chinese hope Li Na has an easier task against Polish qualifier Marta Domachowska.