Murray Bombs Out, Serena Catches a Break

Men's favorite loses in five while Williams opponent concedes
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2009 4:10 AM CST
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, center, is consoled by Serena Williams after she conceded because of illness from their women's singles tennis match today.   (AP Photo/Rick Stevens)
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(Newser) – Andy Murray's dream of winning a Grand Slam will have to wait, as the Scot tapped by many as the likely winner of the Australian Open went out in the fourth round. Spain's Fernando Verdasco overpowered the No. 4 seed to win 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Murray has been suffering from headaches and a sore throat, reports the Telegraph, and made uncharacteristic errors.

Elsewhere at Melbourne Park, top-seeded Rafael Nadal went through to the quarterfinals with his fourth straight-set win over Fernando Gonzalez. In the women's draw, No. 2 seed Serena Williams got a lucky break: after losing the first set of her match to Victoria Azarenka, the Belarusian player staggered to the net in tears and conceded. "I was throwing up all the morning and just felt weak," she told a press conference.