Roddick Bounced Down Under

Mauresmo upset on women's side
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2008 11:20 AM CST
Russia's Maria Sharapova serves to her compatriot Elena Vesnina in their third round women's singles match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2008....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Andy Roddick was knocked out of the Australian Open today, losing a 4-hour, five-set epic to Philipp Kohlschreiber despite notching a personal best 42 aces. “It's the best that happened to me in tennis,” Kohlschreiber said of bouncing the sixth-seeded American. “I enjoyed every second.” Another upset rocked the women’s side, with Aussie Casey Dellacqua ousting 2006 champ Amelie Mauresmo.

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal and fourth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko had an easier time, cruising through in straight sets. For the women, top-ranked Justine Henin and last year’s top two, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, all won. Sharapova got off to a slow start, mired in a 3-3 tie with underdog Elena Vesnina, before wining nine straight games.