Disappointing ending for Madison Keys

Cornet, who sent Serena Williams home in the third round, was trying to land the first quarterfinal of her Grand Slam career. The match was played under the roof on Centre Court after rains visited the All England Club.

The No. 13-seedsed Bouchard will meet the winner of the later match between Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber. It was Sharapova who knocked Bouchard out of the French Open with a three-set victory in the semifinals.

She's still only 20, but she and Wimbledon already have a history. She was the 2012 girls' junior champion here.

"I played on Centre Court last year," Bouchard said. "I was lucky enough to do that. Kate Middleton's parents were watching us then. I think when I went in the Royal Box when I won the juniors, I think the Duke of Kent presented me the trophy. Yes, that's correct."

Lisicki advances (again)

One of the remnants of Saturday rain was the suspended third-round match between Ana Ivanovic and Sabine Lisicki.

Ivanovic came back to level the match in the second, but Lisicki prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to reach the fourth round against Yaroslava Shvedova, who advanced when Madison Keys withdrew before their suspended match resumed.

Lisicki, a 24-year-old German, was a finalist here last year and has won nine of her past 10 matches. Last year she took out Serena Williams here in the fourth round. Fun fact: Lisicki is 22-5 here at 20-18 at the other three Slams.

Strycova's run continues

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova continues to have the tournament of her life.

Last week, she ended a 0-for-24 streak against players ranked in the top 10 by issuing the upset of the fortnight, a straight-sets victory over No. 2 seed Li Na. On Monday, she backed it up by knocking off a former No. 1 player, No. 16 seed Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 7-5.

As a result, she's into her first major quarterfinal, against the winner of the match between No. 6 seed Petra Kvitova and Shuai Peng. Strycova, who is ranked No. 43 and has yet to drop a set, was called a "different" kind of player by Wozniacki.

"For me it's the hardest to play against her on grass," Wozniacki said. "On clay and on hard court, the ball bounces up a little bit more. But she obviously tries to mix up the pace. She makes a lot of drop shots, a lot of slice returns that doesn't bounce up.

"Kind of gets you out of your rhythm a little bit."

Apparently, the grass of England agrees with the 28-year-old from the Czech Republic; she's 9-2 on the green stuff after reaching the final at Birmingham and winning her first four matches here.

In three previous encounters, Strycova had failed to beat Wozniacki -- or even take a set  for that matter. 

Strycova now faces fellow Czech Republic player Petra Kvitova, who beat Shuai Peng 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. 

Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, is into the quarters here for the fifth straight year. She's won 19 of her past 21 matches here. She as the third Czech Republic woman to reach the quarters -- the first time that's happened in the Open era.

Is it starting to feel like 2011 again?

"Not really," Kvitova said. "I mean, it's different time. It's already three years, so I really can't compare it. Definitely I'm feeling confident, and that's important right now."


Seven years ago, when Lucie Safarova reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, she was a 19-year-old with what looked to be a promising career ahead of her. As it turned out, she failed to do as well in her next 29 Grand Slam events. But the 30th was the charm: Safarova defeated fellow Czech Tereza Smitkova 6-0, 6-2 to reach her second major quarterfinal, where she'll play the No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova, who crushed No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in 6-3, 6-0. Safarova won 54 of 80 points and was credited with only four unforced errors.

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