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LONDON---For a day, they were the
pair who ran Roger Federer and
Maria Sharapova out of town.
And then, suddenly, he was plain
ol 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky
again and she was 131st-ranked
Michelle Larcher de Brito.
Less than 48 hours after affixing
their stamp on one of the most stun-
ning days ever at Wimbledon,
Stakhovsky was sent out to Court 3
for a third-round match against Jur-
gen Melzer and Larcher de Brito went
to court 17 to play Karin Knapp.
Stakhovsky, the man from Ukraine
who served and volleyed like John
McEnroe in dispatching Federer,
opened his encore with a pair of dou-
ble faults in his first service game---
a sign of worse things to come en
route to a 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 loss to
De Brito, the woman from Portugal
who yelled every bit as loud as Shara-
pova and matched her groundstroke
for groundstroke, went down meekly,
7-5, 6-2 to 104th-ranked Karin
Knapp on Friday.
As the results showed, it s not so
easy playing the match after "The
Last year, it was Lukas Rosol who
stunned the tennis world, coming in
with his No. 100 ranking in and
knocking Rafael Nadal out of the
second round in five sets. Two days
later, Rosol lost to Philipp
Kohlschreiber, and this year, he
returned and lost in the first round.
Meanwhile, the man who sent
Nadal packing this year---Steve Dar-
cis---heck, he didn t even play his
next match, sidelined by a shoulder
injury he said he made worse when
he barrel-rolled into a shot against
Nadal in the first set.
Maybe Darcis, ranked 135th, had
it right. Hard to top moments like
Another enduring a similar fate
Friday was Canada s Eugenie
Bouchard, the reigning junior cham-
pion who, two days earlier, had a
match on an outside court moved to
Centre Court, then went out and
dispatched 12th-seeded and former
No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.
Two days later, on Court 18 in front
of about 14,000 fewer spectators,
Bouchard went down 7-5, 6-2 to
19th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro.
After battling back from down a
break to 5-5 in the first set, she was
ahead 30-0 but let her service game
slip. Knapp served out the set, broke
to open the second, then the rain set
in. A few hours later, with the sound
of Friday night jazz spilling over from
the Wimbledon mezzanine, Knapp
had no trouble putting away the
Over on Court 3, Stakhovsky
lunged awkwardly for a volley in the
first set and, moments later, was call-
ing for the trainer to tape his right
ankle. He insisted that had little to
do with his loss.
More, he said, it was the lack of
mental composure---a result of the
hectic 24 hours after the Federer win,
during which he took every phone
call, granted every interview, signed
What resulted was a game plan
that wasn t as well thought-out or
executed as he would have liked.
Against Federer, Stakhovsky played
serve-and-volley with reckless aban-
don, knowing the seven-time Wim-
bledon champion was having trouble
with his serve. But Melzer? He didn t
have nearly that sort of trouble. That
fact was evident from the begin-
ning---when Melzer hit a clean, cross-
court return for a winner in the first
game---to the end, when he closed
the match with an almost identical
shot off a wide Stakhovsky serve.
The statistics told part of the story.
Against Federer, Stakhovsky got 72
per cent of his first serves in and
won 65 per cent of his points at the
net. Against Melzer, those numbers
dropped to 62 and 58.
Instead of looking at this as an
opportunity lost, though, both
Stakhovsky and Larcher de Brito felt
it was time well-spent.
As they walked off their respective
courts and toward the locker rooms
Friday, they did it with a security
escort by their side, but otherwise
in almost total obscurity---Stakhovsky
stopping to sign three or four auto-
graphs, Larcher de Brito weaving her
way quickly through a departing Fri-
day night crowd.
These, of course, were not the
main memories they were taking
home from Wimbledon.
Players follow big upsets
with losses at Wimbledon
Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine plays a return to Jurgen Melzer of Austria during their men's second round singles
match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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