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Bartoli suffers a double blow in Birmingham

AP , BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND

France's Marion Bartoli cries as she waits to leave the Birmingham DFS Classic women's tennis tournament after losing 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 to the 52nd-ranked Petra Cetkovska in Birmingham, England, on Wednesday.

PHOTO: AP

Top-seeded Marion Bartoli crashed out of her opening match of the DFS Classic on Wednesday and is a major doubt for this year's Wimbledon because of a wrist injury.

Bartoli, who was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year, lost the second-round match 5-7, 6-4, 6-0 to world no. 52 Petra Cetkovska, and said her wrist has been hampering her play.

“It’s been bothering me since before the French Open,” Bartoli said. “I’ve been having treatment but it’s tendinitis, and there is only so much you can do for that. It seems like 2008 doesn’t want me to be in great shape. I am always having something, some illness or injury.”

Bartoli, who lost in the first round of the French Open two weeks ago, said she was likely to miss Wimbledon “if it’s not getting better.”

“Missing a Grand Slam, especially Wimbledon is a huge disappointment,” she said.

Bartoli came from a break down to win the first set 7-5 and was close to victory at 4-4 in the second. But she appeared to give up after going down 5-4, dropping the last eight games quickly.

The 10th-ranked player sent ground stroke after ground stroke long or wide, and also served four double faults in her last two service games.

Asked why she did not retire, Bartoli said: “I always try to be fair with everyone and by retiring it becomes like ‘why can’t you find a solution?’ For the crowd it is better to go on in the match and for my opponent she doesn’t feel she has beaten me if I pull out.”

Other seeds to lose were No. 11 Casey Dellacqua, No. 6 Sania Mirza and No. 7 Olga Govortsova.

■ WARSAW OPEN

AP, WARSAW

Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko rallied to beat Jiri Vanek 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Warsaw Open.

Davydenko, who won the tournament in 2006, broke Vanek’s serve five times and will next face fellow Russian Evgeny Korolev, who advanced when the sixth-seeded Potito Starace retired with a headache while trailing 7-5, 4-0.

Third-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina also advanced by beating France’s Florent Serra 7-5, 6-3, and No. 7 Marcel Granollers of Spain defeated Marcos Daniel of Brazil 6-2, 6-4.

■ QUEEN'S CLUB

AFP, LONDON

Rafael Nadal won his first singles match since destroying Roger Federer in the French Open final as the Spaniard advanced to the third round at Queen’s Club on Wednesday.

Nadal was back in action just three days after his astonishing three-set rout of world No. 1 Federer in Paris, but there was no hangover here as Jonas Bjorkman was put to the sword 6-2, 6-2.

This was the perfect way for Nadal to mark the start of his campaign to unseat Federer as the Wimbledon champion. His dominance over the Swiss on clay is unquestioned, but successive final defeats to Federer at the All-England Club are a constant regret for such fierce competitor.

Bjorkman is a seasoned grass court campaigner but he was no match for Nadal’s potent mix of power and poise from the baseline.

Nadal was quick to impose his will on Bjorkman by breaking the veteran Swede in a long third game. There was no way back for Bjorkman after that.

The world No. 2 eased through for the loss of just four games and is already looking in ominious form. Kei Nishikori, his next opponent, has been warned.

Japanese teenager Nishikori continued his dream debut at Queen’s with a 7-6 (10/8), 6-3 win over unseeded Frenchman Olivier Patience.

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