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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seles Chokes, Slumps out in 3rd Round

WIMBLEDON, England -- Monica Seles blew a 5-2 lead in the third set and was ousted by France's Sandrine Testud in the third round at Wimbledon, becoming the seventh women's seed eliminated in two days.


In men's play, three-time champions Pete Sampras and Boris Becker moved closer to a quarterfinal showdown as they cruised into the fourth round with straight-set victories.


The 23rd-ranked Testud repeatedly came from behind and saved a match point in the third set as she posted a 0-6, 6-4, 8-6 victory over the second-seeded Seles.


"I started out well the third set,'' Seles said. "I had the momentum going, and then let it go. There were points I played really aggressive and points where I stopped doing that for no reason.


"All the matches I've lost this year I've been up 5-2. It seems like its been a magic number for me. I need to close out the matches.''


Seles seemed in complete control after sailing through the first set without dropping a game, but the Frenchwoman recovered in the second to force the decisive third set.


Seles moved out to a 5-2 lead and served for the match at 5-3 but couldn't convert. She seemed to lose her way after the umpire made an overrule that cost her a point in that game.


She did reach match point on Testud's serve at 6-5 but sailed a backhand pass long.


Testud broke in the next game on another Seles backhand error. She then served out the match in the next game, opening with an ace on the first point and finishing with another ace down the middle.


Seles' defeat marked the latest shakeup in the women's field, which was hit Sunday by the elimination of six seeds -- No. 5 Lindsay Davenport, No. 6 Amanda Coetzer, No. 7 Anke Huber, No. 10 Conchita Martinez, No. 14 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and No. 16 Barbara Paulus.


But four other women's seeds fared better Monday, as No. 3 Jana Novotna moved into the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Gala Leon Garcia; No. 8 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario enjoyed a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Florencia Labat; No. 9 Mary Pierce beat Magui Serna 6-4, 6-3; and No. 11 Mary Joe Fernandez downed Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, 6-2, 6-4.


On the men's side, top-seeded Sampras overwhelmed Byron Black 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Center Court, punctuating the win with a leaping smash on match point.


Becker put out Britain's Mark Petchey 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 and wil face Chile's Marcelo Rios who scored a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 victory over John Van Lottum of the Netherlands.