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LONDON---The so-called "Big 4" who have
won 35 of 37 of the past Grand Slam singles
titles---Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy
Murray and Roger Federer---are all around
for the second week at Wimbledon, joined
by the new major winner on the block, Aus-
tralian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
The same can t be said on the women s
side, where top-seeded and five-time cham-
pion Serena Williams won t see any action at
the All England Club in Week 2 except in dou-
bles with her sister Venus, another five-time
Wimbledon winner who is also out of sin-
With Serena out and second-seeded Li Na
also a third-round loser, it marks the first time
in the Open era that the top two women s
seeds haven t advanced to Wimbledon s fourth
Williams, who has 17 Grand Slam singles
titles, hadn t been knocked out of Wimbledon
so soon since 2005, but has departed before
the quarterfinals at four of the past five majors.
WTA founder Billie Jean King, winner of
eight Grand Slam singles titles in the Open
era, says she recalls going through a similar
streak in her career.
"Most definitely," King said yesterday near
Wimbledon when announcing Singapore as
the new site of the WTA season-ending cham-
pionships in October.
"Everybody does. But I think there might
be some underlying things happening to her,
some things off the court, that are affecting
her. I m sure she will work them out."
On a sunny but blustery middle Sunday ---
traditionally an off-day at Wimbledon---most
of the players remaining in the singles draw
held sessions at the nearby Aorangi Park prac-
Federer and Murray were there at the same
time, although due to rain delays on Friday,
Federer, like Nadal, won t play his fourth-
round match until tomorrow.
Djokovic s chances of advancing might rest
with his sore arm. He had an afternoon training
session yesterday to test his left arm and
shoulder he injured in a nasty fall on Friday
in his Centre Court win over France s Gilles
Djokovic will play the third match on Centre
Court today against 14th-seeded Jo-Wilfried
Alize Cornet, who scored the biggest upset
of the tournament when she beat Serena
Williams on Saturday, opens today s play on
Centre against Canadian Eugenie Bouchard,
who is the only woman to advance to the
semifinals of both Grand Slam tournaments
Defending champion Murray plays Kevin
Anderson in the match following.
In third-round matches carried over due
to Saturday s rain suspensions, Wawrinka is
up against Denis Istomin to start play on Court
2 while Feliciano Lopez plays American John
Isner on Court 3.
The only other third-round men s match
to be completed is nearly there---Kei Nishikori
of Japan and Italy s Simone Bolelli are 3-3 in
the fifth set, with the winner to play Canadian
Milos Raonic tomorrow.
British tabloids will no doubt have fun with
the back-to-back "love" matches on Court 1
Grigor Dimitrov plays Leonardo Mayer, fol-
lowed by Dimitrov s girlfriend Maria Sharapova,
the 2004 Wimbledon champion, up against
LONDON---It won t quite be Manic Monday
at Wimbledon, but close.
The second Monday at the Grand Slam
tournament has been dubbed that previously
because all remaining players in the singles
draw---16 men and 16 women---usually play
their fourth-round matches on that day after
a rest day on Sunday.
But with rain stopping third-round play
Saturday for nearly five hours on all but the
covered Centre Court, several matches were
either postponed or suspended. So only 30
singles players will hit the courts at the All
England Club today and several others, includ-
ing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, will have
the day off while their section of the draw is
Here are five other things to know about
the seventh day of play at Wimbledon:
Streaks meet: Maria Sharapova, the 2004
Wimbledon champion who has won 22 of 23
matches since April, including the French
Open final, plays Angelique Kerber of Germany,
who is 7-1 so far this grass-court season,
including the final at Eastbourne. Sharapova
is attempting the French Open-Wimbledon
clay-grass double for the second time, having
lost in the fourth round here in 2012 after
winning at Roland Garros a few weeks earlier.
"Of course, the transition, it s no secret, it s
very difficult," Sharapova says. "But I m quite
happy with the way I ve gone about things so
Tsonga redemption?: Novak Djokovic goes
into his match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with
a sore left arm after a fall in Friday s match
against another Frenchman, Gilles Simon.
Djokovic says ultrasounds show no major
issues, despite at first thinking he had dislocated
his shoulder. The last time the two played,
Tsonga won just six games at the French Open
earlier this month in a fourth-round loss. He
hasn t beaten Djokovic in ten matches.
Frustrating times: China s Peng Shuai plays
2011 champion Petra Kvitova trying to end
her drought in quarterfinals at Grand Slam
tournaments. Peng is playing in her 36th major
and her best results are five fourth-round
appearances, three of them at Wimbledon.
The 28-year-old Peng has 12 career doubles
titles but none in singles despite playing in
Long match: Kei Nishikori and Simone
Bolelli will resume their marathon third-round
match level 3-3 in the fifth set. Officially, the
current match time is two hours, 55 minutes.
The pair walked on court about 1 pm Saturday
after the start of play was delayed 90 minutes
by rain, played only a few games before play
was stopped due to more showers, then the
match was suspended because of darkness.
They ll resume at 11 am today, which will
quickly put the match time over three hours.
But taking into account yesterday s day off at
Wimbledon, the start-to-finish time of the
match will stretch to nearly 48 hours.
Cornet s surprise: If Serena Williams had
read the form guide ahead of her third-round
match with Alize Cornet, she might have had
reason not to take the Frenchwoman s chances
of beating her seriously. But Cornet will play
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada today and
Williams is out of singles. It s only Cornet s
second fourth-round appearance in 34 Grand
Slams (the 2009 Australian Open is the other).
Cornet had never previously defeated a top
20 player in a major.
won a four-way playoff to take
the BMW International Open
title yesterday and become the
first player from Paraguay to win
on the European Tour.
"This is huge. I think everybody
in Paraguay is going to be so
happy," Zanotti said after winning
his first playoff. "Everybody in
Paraguay was awaiting this
moment, like me."
Zanotti won when No 2-ranked
Henrik Stenson conceded after
failing to make a bunker shot on
the fifth playoff hole. Gregory
Havret of France and Rafa Cabr-
era-Bello of Spain went out on
the second and fourth holes,
"I ve been working a lot for
this and thank God the moment
came," said the 305th-ranked
Zanotti. "I ve been working on
my game and made some big
changes and now I can see (the
The 31-year-old Zanotti earlier
made seven birdies for a seven-
under 65 final round to finish on
19-under 269 on the Gut
Laerchenhof course. It was his
second successive 65 after rounds
of 72 and then 67.
Stenson came close to snatch-
ing victory before the playoff but
settled for par on the last hole.
The Swede made up for two
bogeys with five birdies and an
eagle. He came agonisingly close
to ending the playoff at the first
Cabrera-Bello earned his play-
off place with a birdie-eagle-
birdie finish. He almost made an
eagle to end the playoff at the
third hole as rain began falling.
Overnight leader Pablo Larraz-
abal, who held a three-stroke
advantage, could only finish joint-
eighth on 17 under after two
bogeys - the Spaniard s first
missed shots of the week - and
two birdies gave him a final round
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand,
Simon Dyson of England and
Welshman Jamie Donaldson fin-
ished tied for fifth on 18 under,
ahead of former champions Lar-
razabal (2011), Danny Willett
(2012), Thomas Bjorn (2000 and
2002) as well as Argentina s Emil-
Spain s Sergio Garcia, Ireland s
Shane Lowry, England s Paul
Waring and Alex Cejka - the
highest placed German - were in
a group of 10 players in joint-
James Heath scored a hole in
one on the 16th to win a sports
car. The Englishman finished 11-
under 277 overall.
"I still can t quite believe it,"
the 21-year-old said. "It more
than triples the highest check I ve
rest on Manic
Top 4 men around
Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti, second right, is sprayed with champagne
by Argentina's Emiliano Grillo, right, after Zanotti won the BMW
International Open golf tournament in Pulheim near Cologne,
Germany, yesterday. AP PHOTO
...not so for women
Paraguay's Zanotti makes history at BMW Open
Alize Cornet of France kisses
the lawn after defeating
Serena Williams of US in the
women's singles match at the
All England Lawn Tennis
Championships in Wimbledon,
London, Saturday. AP PHOTO
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