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In Quotes: Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic weighed in on the court scheduling controversy in her post-match interview.

“When I saw that I’m on the schedule at 12:00 in the morning, and especially on Court 18, which was very unusual, you know, for a No. 2 seed to play on Court 18 is, for my opinion, not really normal.

But what can you do?”

Q. Venus raised that point before, being a champion being on Court 2. What do you think about that?

JELENA JANKOVIC: “Yes, I think, you know, the scheduling is really it was not made in a good way. It was not right. I think, you know, the champion, the defending champion, should always play on the top courts, because she won and she deserves to play there.

I also think No. 1, No. 2 seeds should always be on these top show courts. The ranking shows, you know, who deserves it, who has this ranking. Who is in the top of the game should play on the top courts.

I don’t know what they are doing, you know, to put Venus on No. 2 and I’m on No. 18, especially having an injury and asking for a favor to play a little bit later on in the day. They didn’t do it. So it was, you know, quite hard.

I was almost playing in the parking lot. I almost need a helicopter to go to my court.”

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Super Mario

Mario Ancic is back in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon after his win over Fernando Verdasco of Spain. The match went the distance with Ancic prevailing 13-11 in the fifth set. Up next for him is Roger Federer, but before you write him off keep in mind Mario is the last man to beat Roger at Wimbledon.

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The Upset Bug Strikes Again

After avoiding an upset to Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic finally succumbed to the upset bug, falling to Tamarine Tanasugarn, 3-6, 2-6. This is the first time in the Open Era that none of the 1, 2 or 3 seeds are not in the quarterfinals. All Williams final, anyone?

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People’s Monday Picks

Tomorrow is probably the greatest day in tennis, with all women’s and men’s 4th round matches being played, so here’s our picks for people’s monday.

GENTLEMEN

Roger Federer (1) v. Lleyton Hewitt (20): Federer in three

Fernando Verdasco (22) v. Mario Ancic: Ancic in four

Marat Safin v. Stanislas Wawrinka (13): Safin in four

Marcos Baghdatis (10) v. Feliciano Lopez (31): Baghdatis in four

Janko Tipseravic v. Rainer Schuettler: Tipseravic in three

Marin Cilic v. Arnaud Clement: Cilic in four

Richard Gasquet ( 8 ) v. Andy Murray (14): Gasquet in five

Mikhail Youzhny (17) v. Rafael Nadal (2): Nadal in three

LADIES

Jie Zheng v. Agnes Szavay (15): Szavay in three

Nicole Vaidisova ( 18 ) v. Anna Chakvetadze (8): Vaidisova in three

Svetlana Kuznetsova (4) v. Agnieszka Radwanska (14): Radwanska in three

Bethanie Mattek v. Serena Williams (6): Serena in two

Elena Dementieva (5) v. Shahar Peer (24): Dementieva in two

Nadia Petrova (21) v. Alla Kudryavtseva: Petrova in two

Venus Williams (7) v. Alisa Kleybanova: Venus in two

Tamarine Tanasugarn v. Jelena Jankovic (2): Jankovic in three

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In Quotes: Kuznetsova Defends Sharapova

In response to Alla Kudryavtseva’s bashing of Maria Sharapova’s now famous tux, Svetlana Kuznetsova offered these words:

Q. Just for the record, what did you make of Maria’s outfit?
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: (Laughing) Guys, I read the interview that you all did. I think it was good. I really liked it. I step on Maria’s side.
But I don’t think this is just a sentence to say about somebody’s outfit and to do it so big. I think maybe ‑‑ I mean, I have respect for everybody, but I think players should respect other players.
And when they say about outfit, you know, it’s a stylist who does it. What it has to do it with Maria and her game?
Well, I think it’s pretty big what that girl said, and I don’t think she has any reason to say that.

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And More Upsets

World number one, Ana Ivanovic, made an early exit from the Championships in a shocking defeat to wildcard Jie Zheng of China. Her loss blows the top half of the draw wide open and gives Serena Williams a relatively easy path to the final.

In a surprising, not shocking, upset, last year’s finalist, Marion Bartoli, went out 4-6, 1-6 to Bethanie Mattek. But, did anyone really expect Bartoli to get much further?

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Upsets Continue at Wimbledon

Andy Roddick was shown the door by Janko Tipseravic in the second round of Wimbledon, 7-6 (5),  5-7, 4-6, 6-7 (4). This tournament has seen more upsets in three days than most grand slams get in their whole two weeks. If things hold to this form we’re going to see some crazy drama unfold.

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Sharapova’s Loss Can Be Blamed on One Person

And that person would be Camilla Belle. Sharapova’s alleged girlfriend was sharing a house with her during the fortnight.  Maria obviously can’t handle the distraction during a tournament. The last time Camilla showed up was at last year’s U.S. Open and we all know how that turned out. So next time, Maria, keep it in your pants for two weeks because this loss is nauseating.

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The Luckiest Girl Alive

Ana Ivanovic saved a match point with a dead let cord winner in her epic defeat of Nathalie Dechy, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 10-8. At the end of the match she showed her appreciation for the net with a kiss, with tongue. That’s the most passionate net kiss I’ve ever seen. There are probably millions of men (and probably a few women) who wished they were that net.

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He’s Back

This happens every once and while with Marat Safin. He’ll play absolutely dreadful for months and then have a win like this. Marat smashed world number 3, Novak Djokovic, in the second round of Wimbledon, 6-4, 7-6, (3), 6-2. Who knows if Marat can continue playing like this, but if he can he’s going to be very dangerous. This loss takes a huge chunk of ranking points off Novak Djokovic,  who had semifinal points to defend, with a loss of almost 700.

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