Roddick and Serena bite the dust

One day after the euphoria of beating world #3 Roger Federer, American Andy Roddick tasted the dregs of defeat in losing to Juan Monaco.

Roddick didn’t just lose – he got smoked 7-6, 6-0. Apparently he wasn’t yet fit after coming back from injury. Funny – he looked pretty good against Federer.

Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic avoided the Federer stumble and are through to the next round.

Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Screamin’ Serena Williams’ string of convincing wins came to an end against former world #1 Caroline Wozniacki. Ever-petulant Serena mumbled post-match woe-is-me comments about how everyone she plays always comes up with their biggest match, and how she herself “only played at about 20%.”

Caroline now moves on to a semi-final against Maria Sharapova, a match that will set a new record for tall, willowy blondness.

Watching from the sidelines will be Serena. But for lessons in grace under pressure, she need look no further than big sis Venus, whose win over another former world #1, Ana Ivanovic, now puts her in the surprising position of a semi-final matchup against Radwanska. “Surprising” because prior to this tournament, 31-year-old Venus had not played a single tennis match in 2012 and had spent much of her time receiving treatment for an autoimmune disease…not exactly the way you prep for top-flight tennis in the south Florida heat.

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