Fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur and No. 7 Caroline Wozniacki were both beaten Wednesday in second-round play at the Wimbledon Championships.
Stosur fell early Wednesday to Arantxa Rus, No. 72 in the world and without a WTA title. Rus converted three third-set break opportunities for a 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 win over Stosur.
Grass courts aren't the favorite for Stosur, the defending U.S. open champion, and Rus capitalized on that. She had three breaks in grabbing the first set but managed to win just seven points in the second set as Stosur evened the match.
Rus found her footing again in the third set and made the most of her break chances to advance.
Tamira Paszek took a tight battle from Wozniacki 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, finishing the upset with a forehand winner for her seventh break of the day.
Wozniacki also had seven breaks, won more points (117-115) and had fewer unforced errors (22-41) but Paszek fired off 54 winners, including 15 in the final set, to advance.
That match was on Center Court and was suspended for a time because of rain. The roof was closed, however, and the match continued. Play on the outdoors courts at Wimbledon was completely stopped after an early round of matches.
Earlier, No. 15-seeded Sabine Lisicki got by Bojana Jovanovski 3-6, 6-2, 8-6 but Sloane Stephens ousted 23rd-seeded Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-3.
Heather Watson cheered British fans with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Jamie Hampton that put her into the third round.
Several first-round matches were suspended Tuesday and completed Wednesday. That included 10th-seeded Sara Errani, who was at match point when her match with Coco Vandeweghe was suspended. They warmed up Wednesday and Vandeweghe committed a double fault, ending the match.
Klara Zakopalova finished off an upset of 13th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-1 but No. 14-seeded Ana Ivanovic beat Maria Jose Maria Sanchez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and 22nd-seded Julie Goerges breezed past Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-2.
Also advancing out of the first round were Alize Cornet, Kateryna Bondarenko and Olga Govortsova. (c) UPI