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Sharapova, Bartoli, Mauresmo, Schnyder, Jankovic all fall on a nightmare Wednesday for top players

With the exception of two tennis stars, there was nothing but rain, heat, and upsets in Moscow and Bangkok on Wednesday.

Who fell?

Before the start of the third round, the Kremlin Cup was left without four of its top eight seeds.

Second seed Maria Sharapova played her first match since the US Open and lost it in straight sets. The Russian was defeated by world No.32 Victoria Azarenka 7-6(9) 6-2.

Fifth seed Marion Bartoli was knocked out of the tournament by world No.46 Vera Dushevina. The Wimbledon finalist captured the first set 6-2, only to surrender a bagel set before losing 2-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Sixth seed Amelie Mauresmo has one more reason to try to forget 2007 season, since she lost in the first round to Vera Zvonareva 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Seventh seed Patty Schnyder was sent home by Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-4.

This was all concerning the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Now, what happened at the PTT Bangkok Open?

Well, top seed Jelena Jankovic had to retire from her first round match against China’s Zi Yan when the result was 6-4, 6-7(5). The reason was that Jankovic couldn’t play any more because of the heat. This means that the Tier IV tournament in Bangkok has only one top ten player left.

Who are the lucky survivors?

Top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova survived the day of upsets and advanced into the quarterfinals of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, but the victory was not an easy one. The Russian was taken to three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 by world No.41 Gisela Dulko. The match was full of breaks, and Kuznetsova wasted about ten set points to take the second set.

Venus Williams is also left standing, but her first round match at the PTT Bangkok Open is still not finished. She was two games away from win when rain postponed her match against Caroline Wozniacki at the result 6-2 4-1. (via On the Baseline)

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