Last American Loses Bid for Wimbledon Quarterfinals Berth

For the first time in nearly a century, no Americans will play in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon.

The last U.S. player left in either the men's or women's draw — Shenay Perry — lost 6-2, 6-0 Monday in 54 minutes to seventh-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia.

The 62nd-ranked Perry dropped 10 straight games from 2-2 in the first set to end the American challenge by lunchtime on the first day of the second week, a humiliating statistic for a nation which has won by far more Wimbledon singles titles — 83 — than any other.

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The last time no Americans reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club was in 1911, when no U.S. women and only three men were entered in the tournament.

None of the nine American men in the draw this year reached the fourth round, with 1992 champion Andre Agassi and two-time finalist Andy Roddick losing Saturday to Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, respectively.

Fourteen U.S. women were entered, with defending champion and three-time winner Venus Williams upset Saturday by Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.

The 21-year-old Perry, playing in the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time, won only 13 points in the second set. She had just six winners, only one in the second set, and finished with 24 errors.

Dementieva had 21 winners and 16 errors to reach the Wimbledon quarters for the first time. The eighth-ranked Russian, a former finalist at the French and U.S. Opens, had lost in the fourth round here three times.

After the middle Sunday's traditional day of rest for everyone, Wimbledon's second week started with a unique treat in tennis, with all 16 men's and women's fourth-round matches on Monday's schedule.

Play began as a heat wave hit southern England, with temperatures nearing 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Players cooled themselves with ice packs during changeovers, and fans were urged to drink plenty of water and use sun lotion.

The men's schedule had three-time champion Roger Federer vs. No. 13 Tomas Berdych, French Open champion Rafael Nadal vs. qualifier Irakli Labadze, 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt vs. No. 23 David Ferrer,

No. 7 Mario Ancic vs. Novak Djokovic, Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis vs. Andy Murray, No. 14 Radek Stepanek vs. No. 28 Fernando Verdasco, No. 22 Jarkko Nieminen vs. Dmitry Tursunov, and Jonas Bjorkman vs. Max Mirnyi in a matchup of doubles partners.

Only four of the top 12 men were still around after a surprise-filled first week, and 10 of the 16 remaining men reached Wimbledon's fourth round for the first time.

Among the women, Jankovic aimed for another upset on Monday against 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina.

The other women's round-of-16 matchups: No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo vs. No. 19 Ana Ivanovic, No. 2 Kim Clijsters vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (only the fifth women's wild card to reach the fourth round in Wimbledon history), 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova vs. No. 16 Flavia Pennetta, No. 3 Justine Henin-Hardenne vs. No. 15 Daniela Hantuchova, No. 10 Nicole Vaidisova vs. No. 27 Li Na, and No. 18 Ai Sugiyama vs. French qualifier Severine Bremond.

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