Kafelnikov out of Wimbledon

 

Fifth seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov became the lastest top name to be knocked out of Wimbledon today.

The Russian was beaten in the third round by Belgium's 27th seed Xavier Malisse 7-6 (7/4), 7-5, 6-1 who will now face either Britain's Greg Rusedski, seeded 23, or America's Andy Roddick, the 11th seed, for a place in the quarter-finals.

Serena Williams, the women's second seed, struggled into the fourth round with a 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/2) win over Belgian qualifier Els Callens.

Williams goes on to meet fellow American Chanda Rubin for a place in the quarter-finals for the third straight year.

Jennifer Capriati, the third seed from the United States, advanced with a straight sets 6-4, 6-2 win over Czech Daja Bedanova, the 26th seed.

Capriati advances to face Eleni Daniilidou of Greece for a place in the quarter-finals for the fifth time.

Australian wild card Mark Philippoussis stayed on course in his bid to emulate Goran Ivanisevic's achievement a year ago by booking a place in the fourth round at the expense of Germany's Nicolas Kiefer.

The 25-year-old Philippoussis, who has come back from an injury-ravaged three years, came away a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 winner in 2hrs 17 minutes against his unseeded German opponent.

Philippoussis next meets former champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands, who ended the dream run of Thai hope Paradorn Srichaphan, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-2, for a place in the quarter-finals.

Earlier Yugoslav Jelena Dokic, American Chanda Rubin and Slovak Daniela Hantuchova powered their way into the women's fourth round in straight sets.

AFP