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Ivanovic Races into Last 16

IvanovicTwo days after she first took to the court, women’s sixth seed Ana Ivanovic advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Aravane Rezai of France. The 19-year-old Serb will be relieved by her rain-interrupted win, for the straight sets scoreline belies a close fought match, at least in the first set.

Henin Too Strong for Schnyder

Justine Henin headed the field into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the left-handed Patty Schnyder of Switzerland that proved she is in convincing form for the countdown to winning the Wimbledon title for the first time.

Venus Struggles Past Morigami

Venus Williams made heavy weather of her rain-disrupted clash with Japan's Akiko Morigami before sealing victory in three sets and escaping the “Graveyard of Champions” curse of Court 2.
In a match split into two fairly even halves by the showers which ended play on Saturday, Williams finally squeezed through 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, but only after a few struggles in the Monday half of the match.

Henin Side-Steps Serena Questions

Some players court controversy, while others prefer to “take every day as it comes, one game at a time”. Justine Henin belongs to the latter brigade. Not that she hides behind clichés – when she does talk, she invariably says something worth listening to. When she’d rather not speak out, however, it is very difficult to get a quote from her.

Seed-Killer Paszek Slays Dementieva

Tamira Paszek16-year-old Tamira Paszek of Austria has knocked out another seed after dumping former French Open finalist Elena Dementieva out of Wimbledon. Paszek came back from a set down to defeat the twelfth seeded Dementieva, 3-6, 6-2. 6-3 in 128 minutes.

Kuznetsova Powers Past Pole

Fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was rarely troubled in her match against former Junior Wimbledon champion Agnieska Radwanska, and powered past the young Pole 6-2, 6-3.

Petrova Passes Spanish Test

Nadia Petrova was asked a few tough questions as Virginia Ruano Pascual staged a late fightback but answered them all to dash the Spanish doubles veteran's hopes of reaching the fourth round for the first time since 1998.

Berdych Edges His Way to Victory

Tomas Berdych had to battle through three tight sets against South Korea’s Hyung-Taik Lee to reach the fourth round. The Czech eventually won 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3).

Speedy Japan burn Scotland

Japan kicked off their Group F campaign with a straightforward 3-1 dismantling of disappointing Scotland in front of a sold-out crowd at Victoria's Royal Athletic Park on 1 July.

Chile dominate frantic fiesta

The FIFA U-20 World Cup hosts might have been celebrating Canada Day but Chile paid no heed to the spirit of celebration on the national holiday as they opened up their Group A campaign with handsome 3-0 victory. Elsewhere, Japan outclassed Scotland, Jordan held Zambia, Uruguay were pegged back by a resurgent Spain and Nigeria squeezed past Costa Rica amid a hectic schedule across the country.

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