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Fed-slayer Stakhovsky bows out

Sergiy Stakhovsky tumbled from cloud nine at rainy Wimbledon yesterday as the man who dethroned Roger Federer returned to relative obscurity, but British teenager Laura Robson was in no mood to waste the spotlight.

Wimbledon's Centre Court roof operators were busy as day five of the championships began in soggy fashion and the canopy was in place for Robson as she served up a tasty starter before title-chasing Andy Murray provided the main course later.

Robson, who along with Murray was one of only two home players to reach the second round of the singles, had been upgraded to the main show court after her match with Colombia's Mariana Duque-Marino was delayed the night before.

A powerful 6-4 6-1 victory justified her top-billing and made sure Murray will not have to shoulder British hopes alone yet.

Two days after Stakhovsky caused one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets by taking out Federer, he failed to hit the heights in a 6-2 2-6 7-5 6-3 third-round defeat by Austrian Jurgen Melzer on a drizzly Court Three.

Portugal's Michelle Larcher De Brito, who stunned former women's champion Maria Sharapova on Wednesday, lost 7-5 6-2 to Italy's Karin Knapp in her third round match.

But world number seven Angelique Kerber became the latest seed to exit as she fell to a shock defeat to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.

Kerber looked on course to make easy progress to the third round when she took the first set on Court Two and led 5-1 in a second-set tie-break, but world number 46 Kanepi hit back to defeat last year's semi-finalist 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-3.

France's Alize Cornet, seeded 29th, also departed after losing 0-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 to Flavia Pennetta on Court 12.


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