Australian Open 2011: Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova Out!
American netter Andy Roddick failed to enter the next round of the Australian open after a fourth round defeat from Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday, leaving no U.S. players in the quarterfinals.
Roddick was crushed and never won a set against Wawrinka (6-3, 6-4, 6-4).
The 19th seeded Swiss showed a masterful performance to reach his first Australian Open quarterfinals. He nailed 67 winners to just 24 from the American, and also smoked 24 aces to nine from Roddick.
“One of my best matches, for sure,” Wawrinka said. “To beat Roddick in three sets, it’s really good for me. I’m very happy with all my game. I was playing great and I felt I put a lot of pressure on him.”
In women’s singles, former number one Maria Sharapova was taken down by the German Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round of the tournament.
“It’s probably the best match I played on such a big stage,” said the 23-year-old German, who reached the quarterfinals of a major for the first time. “I tried to mix it up a little bit. Normally my game is to play very flat and aggressively, but I tried to give it some spin on the forehand and play some slice and mix up my serve. I tried to keep up the percentage of my first serve and tried to return very aggressively. I think I played very well tactically‑wise.”