Daja Bedanova picked up two victories in a day to book her quarter-final berth, including a shock success over outspoken top seed Jelena Dokic in three sets.
The Czech Republic ace returned to complete her 1st Round match against Elena Likhovtseva, suspended last night due to bad light, and polished off her Russian opponent on a tense tie-break 6-3 6-7(6) 7-6(7).
Bedanova continued her momentum to stun #1 seed Dokic 6-4 1-6 6-2, in a match originally scheduled for Centre Court but replaced by the mouth-watering clash between Slovakian teenager Daniela Hantuchova and American veteran Martina Navratilova.
Australian/Yugoslavian Dokic said: “She played the important points better and that’s why I lost.
“You would think that the No.1 seed would play on Centre Court today, but they changed it and there’s some ridiculous match out there instead.
It was a case of deja vu for France’s Sandrine Testud, the #2 seed, who suffered defeat to Luxembourg’s Anne Kremer for the second year running. Testud was outplayed by the 26-year-old 4-6 6-3 6-1 to extend her dismal winless run at Eastbourne to 10 years.
Wildcard Navratilova stormed into a 4-0 lead on Centre Court against 19-year-old Hantuchova, sealed the opening set but looked clueless from then to fell 2-6 6-2 6-2.
The #3 seed faces another American in the draw, Amy Frazier was gifted a quarter-final slot after #6 seed Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan retired injured trailing 6-5.
Two more Americans are through to the last eight with Chanda Rubin beating Spain’s Magui Serna 6-2 6-2 and #5 seed Meghann Shaughnessy defeating Italian Rita Grande 6-4 6-2.
One Italian was guaranteed a place in the quarter-finals when the compatriots faced off, #4 seed Silvia Farina Elia overcoming Francesca Schiavone 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2 in a thriller.
Russia’s 20-year-old Anastasia Myskina has been the in-form player so far in the tournament, but she was given her toughest test so far at Eastbourne in defeating Japan’s Ai Sugiyama 7-5 7-6(3).