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Giant-killer Stakhovsky falls,home-girl Robson rises

Sergiy Stakhovsky tumbled from cloud nine at rainy Wimbledon on Friday as the man who dethroned Roger Federer

Written by Agencies | London | Published: June 29, 2013 1:35:43 am

Sergiy Stakhovsky tumbled from cloud nine at rainy Wimbledon on Friday as the man who dethroned Roger Federer returned to relative obscurity but British teenager Laura Robson was in no mood to waste the spotlight.

Wimbledon’s Centre Court roof operators were busy as Day Five of the championships began in soggy fashion and the canopy was in place for Robson as she served up a tasty starter before title-chasing Andy Murray provided the main course later.

Robson,who along with Murray was one of only two home players to reach the second round of the singles,had been upgraded to the main show court after her match with Colombia’s Mariana Duque-Marino was delayed the night before.

A powerful 6-4 6-1 victory justified her top-billing and made sure Murray,bidding to become the first British man to win the title since 1936,will not have to shoulder the hopes of a nation alone yet.

Murray,whose side of the draw has been stripped of big names,was facing Spanish 32nd seed Tommy Robredo later.

Two days after Stakhovsky caused one of Wimbledon’s greatest upsets by taking out Federer in a Wednesday Wipeout of seeds and former world No.1s,he failed to hit the heights in a 6-2 2-6 7-5 6-3 third-round defeat by Austrian Jurgen Melzer on a drizzly Court Three.

The shelf life of giant-slayers has proved a short one so far at the championships with Ukraine’s Stakhovsky,the world No. 116,going the same way as Rafa Nadal’s conqueror Belgian Steve Darcis who withdrew injured from his next match.

Portugal’s Michelle Larcher De Brito,who stunned former women’s champion Maria Sharapova on Wednesday,was hoping to avoid a similar anti-climax when she faced Italy’s Karin Knapp in her third round match.

Sharapova’s vocal chords were still working on Friday though as she continued to support Bulgarian boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov in his rain-interrupted battle against Slovenian Grega Zemlja.

However,there was to be no escape as the solid Zemlja crunched a running forehand winner down the line.

Friday’s results: (Men) 3rd Round: 24-Jerzy Janowicz bt 15-Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (6),6-3,6-4; Jurgen Melzer bt Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2,2-6,7-5,6-3; 2nd round: 4-David Ferrer bt Roberto Bautista 6-3,3-6,7-6 (4),7-5; 13-Tommy Haas bt Jimmy Wang 6-3,6-2,7-5; 26-Alexandr Dolgopolov bt Santiago Giraldo 6-4,7-5,6-3; 28-Jeremy Chardy bt Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2,5-7,7-6 (6),7-6 (4); 29-Grega Zemlja bt 29-Grigor Dimitrov 3-6,7-6 (4),3-6,6-4,11-9.

(Women) 3rd round: 19-Carla Suarez Navarro bt Eugenie Bouchard 7-5,6-2; 20-Kirsten Flipkens bt Vesna Dolonc 6-4,6-2; Flavia Pennetta bt 29-Alize Cornet 0-6,7-6 (4),6-2; 2nd Round: Kaia Kanepi bt Angelique Kerber 3-6,7-6 (6),6-3; Laura Robson bt Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4,6-1; Alison Riske bt Urszula Radwanska 4-6,6-3,6-4

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