Russian Stars Bounced at Melbourne

No. 2 Kuznetsova, No. 6 Chakvetadze lose on women's side of draw
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2008 12:43 AM CST
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia reacts as she plays Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in a Women's singles third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Agneiszka Radwanska lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova three times last season and finally said "no more." She must have meant it, too, as the 18-year-old from Poland shocked Kuznetsova, the No. 2-seeded women's player, 6-3, 6-4 in third round action at the Australian Open today. Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open champion, lost in just 77 minutes, reports Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Kuznetsova tried to rally early in the second set, going up a break to take a 3-0 lead, but couldn't hold it, as the youngster kept her on the run. "It's very exciting, I'm very happy," said 29th-ranked Radwanska. Another surprising loser was fellow Russian Anna Chakvetadze, the No. 6 seed, who went down 7-6, 1-6, 2-6, to Maria Kirilenko.