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Tanasugarn ‘n’ spice

Tamarine Tanasugarn became the first Thai to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal as she sent Serbian second seed Jankovic crashing out of Wimbledon.
Agencies | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2008 02:38 AM IST

Tamarine Tanasugarn became the first Thai to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal as she sent Serbian second seed Jelena Jankovic crashing out of Wimbledon on Monday. Tamarine, ranked 60, took advantage of Jankovic's struggles with a knee injury to overpower the world number three and claim an historic 6-3, 6-2 fourth round victory.

The 31-year-old, who had appeared in the last 16 of a Grand Slam eight times without success, will now face defending champion Venus Williams for a place in the semifinals. Tamarine was overcome with emotion at her achievement.

"Can I say, wow, wow, wow? It's a very great feeling because I've been in the fourth round so many years," she said.

While Tamarine wept tears of joy on Court 18, Jankovic joined the growing list of top players to suffer an embarrassing exit from the All England Club this year.

Jankovic arrived with a bandage on her left leg, a legacy of her third round win over Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, and it was clearly limiting her. Her movement was never as fluid as she would have liked and it seemed to sap her morale. She constantly flexed the leg between points and cried out in frustation as Tamarine took control.

Federer shatters dad-to-be Hewitt’s day

Roger Federer shattered father-to-be Lleyton Hewitt's hopes with a 7-6 (9/7), 6-2, 6-4 victory which took the five-time champion into the quarterfinals on Monday.

Federer's victory also assured the top seed he will retain his world number one spot once the championships are over. Hewitt, the last man to win Wimbledon in 2002 before Federer went on his unbroken All England Club run, went into the fourth round match nursing a long-standing hip injury and regularly winced with pain on Centre Court.

The agony was eased by his announcement earlier Monday that he and his 24-year-old wife Bec, a former soap star, were expecting their second child in January.

Vaidisova fights back to oust Chakvetadze

Czech Nicole Vaidisova sealed her place in the quarterfinals for the second successive year after coming from behind to overcome eighth seed Anna Chakvetadze 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.

The 19-year-old, seeded 18th, had looked to be heading for the exit because of her over-hitting and shaky service games in the first set against the 21-year-old Russian.

Paes, Dlouhy enter quarterfinals

India's Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy advanced to the men's doubles quarterfinals beating American Travis Parrot and Slovak Filip Polasek in the third round Monday.

The ninth seeded pair won 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a match that lasted over two hours. Paes-Dlouhy next meet the winners of the match between third-seeded Israeli pair Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich and Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Niclolas Mahut.

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