Thursday August 14, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Roger Federer's bid for his first Olympic singles
medal has ended with a loss to American James Blake. With the sort of lackluster performance that was once unthinkable for Federer, he was eliminated in the quarterfinals on Thursday night.
The upset was a stunner in that Blake had won only a single set
in their previous eight matches. But the top-seeded Federer is
battling a yearlong slump that has left him stalled at 12 major
titles, two shy of Pete Sampras' record.
Federer's latest defeat means no rematch in Sunday's final
against Nadal, who won in epic fashion when they met for the
Serena Williams has lost her quarterfinal match at the Olympics to Elena Dementieva of Russia. Dementieva, who won a Silver in Sydney in 2000, beat Williams 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in their singles match Thursday night. Williams now pins her medal hopes on doubles. She was to play a
second-round doubles match later with sister Venus. They won gold
in doubles in Sydney.
Venus Williams is the latest upset victim in Olympic tennis, losing to Li Na of China in the quarterfinals. Williams, who won gold medals in singles and doubles at the 2000 Games, was beaten 7-5, 7-5. She followed to the sideline her sister Serena and top-seeded Roger Federer, who both lost earlier Thursday.
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