Tennis - Former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki's woeful 2013 season was compounded on Tuesday as the Dane was beaten in the first round of the WTA Italian Open in Rome - marking her fourth consecutive loss on the tour.
Even more surprising was that she lost to a player who was on an eight match losing streak. Serbian Bojana Jovanovski, who is better known for her annoying grunt rather than her stellar results so far, seemed to be behind for most of the match.
Wozniacki won the first set and led by a break in the second. The Dane also led 4-0 in the final set, served for the match at 5-4 and had a 5-2 lead in the final set tie breaker. But all that was just not enough as Jovanovski kept coming back and finally scored the win 26 64 76(5) in just under three hours.
The Serbian youngsters had reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in January but had not won a match since then. It is her second career top 10 win. In another marathon battle, local favourite Roberta Vinci defeated Russian Elena Vesnina 7(2) 75 64 in nearly three hours.
Vinci fought back from 1-4 down in the final set to thrill the home fans. This was only her second win in six career meetings with the Russian..