Vaidisova sends Mauresmo crashing
Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo's Wimbledon title chase ends with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 defeat against the Czech teenager.Updated: Jul 04, 2007, 18:54 IST
Amelie Mauresmo's reign as Wimbledon queen came to a heartbreaking end on Tuesday when Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova won their rain-interrupted fourth round clash 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 6-1.
The 14th seeded Vaidisova will be playing her first All England Club quarter-final where she will face either Serbian sixth seed Ana Ivanovic or Russian 11th seed Nadia Petrova.
Her win over the 27-year-old Frenchwoman follows runs to the semi-finals of the Australian Open and last eight of the French Open this year.
For Mauresmo, the fourth seed, the loss was the latest setback in a disappointing season.
She missed two months after having her appendix removed while she was also beaten in the fourth round in Australia, where she was defending champion, and in the third on the home clay at Roland Garros.
Vaidisova recovered from 3-5 down in the first set and saved three set points in the tiebreak before she wrapped up the 64-minute opener.
The 18-year-old Czech is getting used to fighting back against the Frenchwoman having won their quarter-final clash in Moscow last year in three sets having trailed 6-1, 5-2 at one stage.
Tuesday's opening set was a nervy affair featuring six breaks of serve and the now routine rain suspension which came with Mauresmo 4-2 ahead.
There was even a comic turn at the start of the second set when experienced umpire Kim Craven temporarily forgot whose turn it was to serve.