Austria’s Tamara Paszek saved two match points to send former world number one Caroline Wozniacki crashing out of Wimbledon under the Centre Court roof yesterday.
The 21-year-old Austrian, fresh from claiming the grasscourt title in Eastbourne at the weekend, prevailed in a three hour 12-minute marathon to win the first round clash 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.
Oh no! Caroline Wozniacki slips during her first round match against Tamara Paszek yesterday. PIC/AFP
“I came here in a great rhythm from Eastbourne, but this was really tough,” said Paszek, the world number 35.
“Caroline is a real fighter and a great competitor. It was tough under the roof because the court slows down but I gave it everything I had.”
Defeat in a match which had been halted at 2-2 in the first set on Tuesday because of rain, ended a run of 20 successive Grand Slams where seventh-seeded Wozniacki had passed the first round.
Paszek, who won the first of her three career titles when she was just 15, goes on to face Alize Cornet of France for a place in the last 32.
Meanwhile, US Open champion Samantha Stosur suffered another Wimbledon nightmare as the Australian fifth seed crashed out in the second round yesterday.
Stosur had never been past the third round in nine previous visits to the All England Club and that miserable sequence was extended with a 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 defeat against Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.
Six-time champion Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon third round yesterday with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini, a regal performance witnessed by Britain’s Prince Charles.
The third-seeded Swiss took just 74 minutes to defeat Fognini, who received a quick lesson in bowing from Federer before walking onto Centre Court where Charles, on a first visit in more than 40 years, was watching with his wife Camilla from the royal box. Federer is chasing Pete Sampras’s record of seven Wimbledon titles.
>> David Ferrer bt Dustin Brown 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4
>> Jurgen Melzer bt Stanislas Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 2-6, 6-4, 8-6
>> Juan Monaco bt Jérémy Chardy 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)
>> S Errani bt C Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-3
>> K Zakopalova bt D Cibulkova 6-4, 6-1
>> AIvanovic bt Martínez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
>> S Lisicki bt B Jovanovski 3-6, 6-2, 8-6
>> Arantxa Rus bt Samantha Stosur 6-2, 0-6, 6-4