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Errani advances after 7 seconds at Wimbledon
Britain Wimbledon Ten Heal
Sara Errani, of Italy, returns a shot to Coco Vandeweghe, of the United States, during a first-round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, on Tuesday. - photo by Associated Press

    WIMBLEDON, England — Count 'em: 7 seconds.
    That's how long French Open runner-up Sara Errani "played" at Wimbledon on Wednesday against qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., — enough time to wrap up a 6-1, 6-3 victory in the first round.
    How's that possible? Because action was suspended by rain a night earlier, with the 10th-seeded Errani at match point as the 132nd-ranked Vandeweghe served.
    When they resumed, after the customary several-minute warmup ritual of baseline strokes, volleys, overheads and serves, Vandeweghe tossed up a ball and hit it into the net. Moments later, she hit her second serve into the net, too, to complete the double-fault that ended the match, right then and there — leaving both women smiling and spectators guffawing. Errani joined in the laughter as she packed away her racket bag, and kept right on giggling during her news conference.
    Asked by an Italian reporter to recount what happened, Errani said, justifiably: "There's not much to tell."
    Asked by another whether she'd bothered to take a shower, Errani assured him she planned to later.
    "I had talked to my coach to plan what I wanted to do in the match," Errani said, "but there was no need."
    All in all, it was exactly the sort of unusual happening that Day 3 kept producing in what's shaping up as a wet and wild week at the All England Club. Another: Prince Charles visited his nation's most famous tennis club, something he hadn't done in 42 years.
    Four of the top 13 seeded women were sent packing Wednesday, including 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, 2011 French Open champion Li Na, and former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.
    The fifth-seeded Stosur's 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 loss to 72nd-ranked Arantxa Rus, of the Netherlands, means Australia will have zero men or women in the third round for the first time since 1939.
    "It's a pretty woeful performance by all of us," said Stosur, the last of nine Australians in the tournament.
    Wozniacki, who hadn't departed any Grand Slam tournament in the first round in more than five years, blew two match points in the second set and was beaten, 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-4, by 37th-ranked Tamira Paszek, of Austria. It was the first match of the fortnight played with the Centre Court's retractable roof closed.
    "I had over two years where I was winning these matches," said No. 7 Wozniacki, who is dating 2011 U.S. Open golf champion Rory McIlroy and is still seeking her first major title. "I feel lately it's going the other way a little bit. It's not the first match this year where I have match points and not winning. You know, it's frustrating."
    No. 11 Li lost to 52nd-ranked Sorana Cirstea, of Romania, 6-3, 6-4, in a second-round match, and 13th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova was beaten by 31st-ranked Klara Zakopalova, of Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round.
    Adding to the anything-can-happen vibe, at least for the better part of an hour: No. 1 Maria Sharapova trailed 38th-ranked Tsvetana Pironkova throughout the first set, fended off five set points, and was ahead 7-6 (3), 3-1 when their second-round match was suspended by darkness.
    That was one of four singles matches halted in progress, while four others were postponed entirely, adding to the backlog created by rain.
    Before the rain came, Prince Charles sat in the Royal Box at Centre Court, watching six-time champion Roger Federer stumble once and awkwardly tweak his left knee but reach the third round by beating 68th-ranked Fabio Fognini, of Italy, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.