Samantha foxes Elena, Andy advances
Andy Roddick produced a sizzling display to reach the fourth round of the French Open for the first time but Elena Dementieva's hopes of winning a maiden grand slam title fizzled out.sports Updated: May 31, 2009 00:06 IST
Andy Roddick produced a sizzling display to reach the fourth round of the French Open for the first time but Elena Dementieva's hopes of winning a maiden grand slam title fizzled out on Saturday.
Meanwhile, fourth seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia crashed out losing a third round tie 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.
Roddick breaks jinx
Roland Garros has never been a happy hunting ground for Roddick as the highlight of his seven previous visits had been a third round appearance on his debut in 2001.
He finally climbed over that hump with a brilliantly crafted 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Marc Gicquel, holding his arms aloft in triumph as he watched the Frenchman's service return sail over his head and beyond the baseline on match point.
While Roddick was enjoying French Open success, women's fourth seed Dementieva was already looking ahead to Wimbledon after fading to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 defeat by Australian Samantha Stosur.
The Russian was lucky to survive the previous round as she was trailing by a set when another Australian, Jelena Dokic, was forced to quit injured. There was to be no respite on Saturday and after being dragged around court for more than two hours, a lethargic Dementieva looked almost relieved when Stosur's forehand winner flew past her outstretched racket on match point.
Svetlana Kuznetsova's pursuit of a maiden French Open title gathered momentum when she dispatched Hungary's Melinda Czink 6-1, 6-3 with the minimum of fuss.
The Russian has lost only 11 games in three matches. Serbian fifth seed Jelena Jankovic has been more miserly as she has dropped 10 games in total, including the two she allowed Jarmila Groth to win in a 6-1, 6-1 hammering.
Paes, Bhupathi win
Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles entered the third round while Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy booked a place among the last eight. Bhupathi and Knowles beat Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-6(3) while Paes and Dlouhy beat Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut 7-6(4), 6-3.
First Published: May 31, 2009 00:04 IST