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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Dementyeva Puts an End to U.S. Challenge

ReutersDementyeva playing a shot against Shenay Perry at Wimbledon on Monday.
WIMBLEDON, England -- For the first time in nearly a century, no Americans will play in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

The last U.S. player left in either the men's or women's draw -- Shenay Perry -- lost 6-2, 6-0 Monday to seventh-seeded Yelena Dementyeva.

The 62nd-ranked Perry was gone in 54 minutes. She dropped 10 straight games from 2-2 in the first set, ending the American challenge by lunchtime on the first day of the second week. The American absence was embarrassing given that the United States has won more Wimbledon singles titles by far -- 83 -- than any other country.

Perry said the pressure of playing in her first Grand Slam fourth-round match and being the last American in the field got to her.

"I was really nervous," she said. "I think it got to me a little bit. I think when anyone's in a position that they're thrown into for the first time, and being the last American, it is a little nerve-racking."

The last time there were no Americans in the quarterfinals at the All England Club was in 1911, when no U.S. women and only three men were entered in the tournament. The last Grand Slam event with no Americans in the final eight was the 1976 Australian Open.

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.

Monday's play -- featuring all 16 fourth-round men's and women's matches -- took place amid a heat wave in southern England, with temperatures topping 30 degrees Celsius. Players cooled themselves with ice packs during changeovers, and fans were urged to drink plenty of water and use sunblock.

In men's matches, 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt became the first to reach the quarterfinals, beating Spain's David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. The sixth-seeded Hewitt will next face Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, who swept Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (2).

The 18th-seeded Baghdatis outserved and outplayed Murray from the baseline, ending Britain's hopes for a first homegrown men's champion since 1936. The Center Court atmosphere was subdued as the 19-year-old Scot faded, adding to a national sense of disappointment following England's quarterfinal loss to Portugal in the World Cup quarterfinals Saturday.

The match turned in Baghdatis' favor for good when Murray, leading 4-1 in the second set, lost five games in a row and double-faulted twice in the tiebreaker.

Jonas Bjorkman outlasted his doubles partner, Max Mirnyi of Belarus, 6-3, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 2-6, 6-3. The Swede extended his career record to 10-1 against Mirnyi. They have won two French Open doubles titles together and are the No. 2-seeded pair at Wimbledon.

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 against Dementyeva. She had just six winners, only one in the second set, and finished with 24 errors.

Dementyeva 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 at Wimbledon three times.

Dementyeva will next face fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova, who overcame a tough challenge from Italy's Flavia Pennetta before winning 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3. Sharapova, the 2004 champion and only former women's winner left in the draw, had 10 double-faults and 41 unforced errors. Pennetta won more points (112 to 110), but the Russian won the points that mattered the most.

"I just didn't feel like I was playing my best tennis," Sharapova said. "In the end, it all came down to how much I fought. I just fought deep."

Second-seeded Kim Clijsters ended the run of 17-year-old Polish wild card Agnieszka Radwanska, winning 6-2, 6-2. Her quarterfinal opponent will be Li Na, who upset 10th-seeded Nicole Vaidisova 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 to become the first Chinese player to reach the quarters of a Grand Slam.

"I'm proud of myself, and I'm very proud for my country," she said.

Third-seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne beat No. 15 Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-1. She'll face French qualifier Severine Bremond, who upset 18th-seeded Ai Sugiyma of Japan 7-6 (11), 6-3. Bremond is the first qualifier to get this far at Wimbledon since Jelena Dokic and Alexandra Stevenson in 1999.

Former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, seeded No. 9, reached the quarters for the second straight year, beating Jankovic 6-4, 7-6 (5).