• Wimbledon, Day Three

Stosur and Wozniacki sent packing

ESPN staff
June 27, 2012

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Sam Stosur's poor record at Wimbledon continued as the US Open champion was dumped out in the second round by Arantxa Rus.

Stosur, who has won just six matches in ten years at the All England Club, looked impressive in her opening win over Carla Suarez Navarro, but was plagued by inconsistency as she fell to a 6-2 0-6 6-4 defeat.

Stosur looked to be on course for a routine win after grabbing an early break of serve against the world No. 72, but was left to rue a hatful of errors as Rus reeled off six straight games to take the opening set.

With Australian hopes resting on her shoulders following first round exits for the likes of Bernard Tomic, Lleyton Hewitt and Jarmila Gajdosova, Stosur bounced back as she rattled though the second set for the loss of only seven points.

But after squandering an early break point, Stosur found herself a break down early in the third set. As the pair exchanged breaks, the Dutch No. 1 wobbled as she double faulted on match point as Stosur broke back for the chance to level, but failed to hold onto her serve as she handed the victory to Rus.

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was another high-profile casualty on Wednesday as the Dane failed to reach the second round with a 5-7 7-6(4) 6-4 defeat to Tamira Paszek. Wozniacki was left to rue her inability to convert her chances as she squandered two match points in the second set, as the Austrian, a winner at Eastbourne last week, prevailed in a tough opening clash.

Kim Clijsters hammers a forehand © PA Photos

Kim Clijsters ensured her second-round match against Andrea Hlavackova would not be her last at the All England Club as she claimed a routine 6-3 6-3 victory. Clijsters, who will retire after this year's US Open, claimed three breaks of serve to wrap up victory in a shade over an hour on Centre Court.

World No. 1 Maria Sharapova will have to return to court on Thursday to complete her second round clash against Tsvetana Pironkova. Sharapova had to save five set points against the Bulgarian, a former semi-finalist at Wimbledon, before snatching the opening set on a tiebreak. As the light faded on Court One, Sharapova grabbed an early break in the second set before play was suspended.

Former French Open champion Li Na was another seed to fall on Wednesday as she bowed out with a 6-3 6-4 defeat to Romania's Sorana Cirstea, while former Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva fended off Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1 3-6 6-1.

Ana Ivanovic secured her place in the second round with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, but No. 13 seed Dominika Cibulkova was dumped out by Klara Zakopalova who claimed a 6-4 6-1 victory.

Sara Errani's warm-up lasted longer than the play as the French Open finalist swiftly wrapped up a 6-1 6-3 victory over Coco Vanderweghe. Errani had been frustrated by the rain late on Tuesday as play was suspended with the Italian on match point. The players returned to court on Wednesday, and a double fault from the American duly handed Errani a place in the second round, where she will face British No. 1 Anne Keothavong.

Julia Goerges wasted little time as she raced past Shahar Peer in her first round match 6-2 6-2, while her compatriot Sabine Lisicki, a semi-finalist at the All England Club last year, survived a real test to book her place in the third round with a 3-6 6-2 8-6 win over Bojana Jovanovski.

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