MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Venus Williams of the United States of America retires from the match due to injury in her third round match against Andrea Petkovic of Germany during day five of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21 2011 in Melbourne Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Australian Open 2011, Day 5: Venus Williams Retires With Injury; Roger Federer Back To Form

Day 5 of the 2011 Australian Open saw most top seeds dominate, but Venus Williams was forced to withdraw from her third-round match against Andrea Petkovic with an injury.

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Australian Open 2011 Tennis Results, Day 5: Injured Venus Williams Retires, Justine Henin Upset

Scores and highlights from Day 5 of the Australian Open 2011. Here's what went down Down Under in the women's draw:

• No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki def. No. 29 Dominika Cibulkova, 6-4 6-3.
Wozniacki's on cruise control, and rightly so: She's never crashed out earlier than the third round in her four appearances at the Aussie Open. Should have a cakewalk in the fourth against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.

• No. 30 Andrea Petkovic def. No. 4 Venus Williams, 1-0 (Ret.)
That psoas injury was surmountable for one match, but not two. And even if Williams had powered through, she'd have had a whale of a time against Sharapova in the next round.

• No. 6 Francesca Schiavone def. Monica Niculescu, 6-0 7-6 (7-2).
At one point during the match, a graphic displayed Niculescu's first name as "Minica." This is probably what powered her to a would-be second-set comeback, but too late: Schiavone advances to take on No. 23 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

• No. 8 Victoria Azarenka def. Chanelle Scheepers, 6-3 6-3.
It turns out that having a NOTY-caliber name isn't a substitute for being really, really good at tennis. Next up for Azarenka: No. 9 Li Na.

• No. 23 Svetlana Kuznetsova def. No. 11 Justine Henin, 6-4 7-6 (10-8).
The day's first upset in the women's draw that didn't involve a gruesome injury still featured one wounded party: Henin was nursing a sore elbow but emphasized afterwards that that was no excuse for her play. Kuznetsova will tackle Schiavone in Round 4.

• No. 14 Maria Sharapova def. Julia Goerges, 4-6 6-4 6-4.

Will you look at Miss Maria! Since winning in 2008, the best she's done here is get herself knocked out in last year's first round, but she's got a nice little run going, and she gets to face Andrea Petkovic instead of Venus Williams for further advancement.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more results and highlights from Day 5 of the 2011 Australian Open.


Australian Open 2011 Tennis Results, Day 5: Roger Federer Back In Form; Andy Roddick Rides His Aces

Scores and highlights from Day 5 of the Australian Open 2011. First up: Third-round play from the men's draw.

• No. 2 Roger Federer def. Xavier Malisse, 6-3 6-3 6-1.
So much for Federer's certain demise when faced with a wildly overmatched opponent! The defending Australian Open champ (hey, remember that?) dispatched the Belgian in straight sets with barely an eyelash flutter (except those he saved for the cameras, bien sûr). Federer draws the unseeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo in Round 4.

• No. 3 Novak Djokovic def. Viktor Troicki, 6-2 (Ret.)
Djokovic had an even easier time than Federer, as countryman and pal Troicki retired after one set, still suffering the lingering effects of a strained stomach muscle. That's not to say he was happy about it:

It's not the way you want to win a match, especially against one of your best friends," he said.

Next up for Djokovic: No. 14 Nicolas Almagro of Spain.

• No. 6 Tomas Berdych def. No. 28 Richard Gasquet, 6-2 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.
Berdych has crashed out in the fourth round three of the past four years at the Australian Open. His chances in 2011 don't look much sunnier, not with Fernando Verdasco as his next opponent.

• No. 8 Andy Roddick def. Robin Haase, 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-2.
Quick scare in the first set? What, Andy Roddick worry? 32 aces (and an injured ankle for Haase) cleared the way for a third consecutive fourth-round berth for America's True Sweetheart (wait your turn, Melanie Oudin). His opponent: the menacing No. 29 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.

• No. 9 Fernando Verdasco def. Kei Nishikori, 6-2 6-4 6-3.
Ho-hum. The winner of the day's most uninteresting match will meet  Berdych, winner of the day's second most uninteresting match. Moving right along.

• No. 19 Stanislas Wawrinka def. No. 12 Gael Monfils, 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-3.
Our favorite hair of the tournament (freestyle division) falls in straight sets to a dude known to wear fauxhawks? Gross. Wawrinka's never cracked the fourth round here since turning pro in 2002; look for Andy Roddick to at least slow his roll in the next match.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more results and highlights from Day 5 of the 2011 Australian Open.


Venus Williams Retires Due To Injury In Australian Open 2011's Third Round

The strained psoas muscle Venus Williams suffered in her second-round match of the Australian Open 2011 didn't prevent her from beating Sandra Zahlavova, but one game into her third-round match against Andrea Petkovic, the tournament's fourth-ranked player bowed out, handing No. 30 Petkovic a 1-0 victory. According to commentators in the booth, it's the first time Williams has ever retired from a Grand Slam event.

Williams was injured while stretching for a shot during Wednesday's match; although it wasn't apparent right away what had gone wrong, her immediate bellow and hobble seemed to indicate a serious injury. After receiving medical attention from trainers, she returned to finish out the match and claim her victory to advance to the third round, but does not appear to have recovered sufficiently in the meantime to withstand the grueling conditions of major-tournament play.

In Williams' place, Petkovic will play No. 14 Maria Sharapova in Round 4.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more Day 5 results and highlights from the 2011 Australian Open.

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