Thursday, June 21, 2012

Matosevic springs Eastbourne upset

Updated June 20, 2012 07:48:59

Australia's Marinko Matosevic upset French top seed Richard Gasquet in the second round of the ATP grass court event at Eastbourne in England.

Matosevic triumphed at the Wimbledon lead-up event in three sets, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3).

Fellow Australian Matthew Ebden bowed out of the tournament, however, losing 6-2, 6-4 to Belgium's Steve Darcis in the opening round.

Three-time Wimbledon finalist Andy Roddick progressed after American countryman Sam Querrey was forced to retire when trailing 5-2 in the first set.

Meanwhile, the three leading women's seeds were toppled in short order with reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova leading the exit.

The Czech, seeded second, was joined on the sidelines by top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and number three Caroline Wozniacki.

Wimbledon preparations were set back for the top trio.

Kvitova will kick off the defence of her All England club title next week without a win on grass this year after losing 7-5, 6-4 to Ekaterina Makarova.

Radwanska lost to Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-4 while former number one Wozniacki fell to American Christina McHale 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4.

German fifth seed Angelique Kerber rallied past Elena Vesnina of Russia 3-6, 6-0, 7-5, Lucie Safarova, the number seven beat Timea Babos 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) while Klara Zakopalova eliminated China's Zheng Jie 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.


Tags: tennis, sport, england, united-kingdom

First posted June 20, 2012 07:48:59

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