Francesca Schiavone and Stanislas Wawrinka were both vanquished on day nine after fine runs at the Australian Open, but the manner of their defeats made for a stark contrast as the Italian showed how to lose valiantly.
Stan was the epitome of a sulky underdog resigned to failure as early as the warm-up in his match against Swiss compatriot Roger Federer, and the 19th seed looked utterly despondent and downtrodden after his first point on serve.
Federer timed the pants off a belligerent forehand winner down the line, and Stan was immediately left cursing his luck and wondering why he had bothered to plaster his face in sun block if he was going to get trounced so swiftly.
Tramlines backed the 25-year-old to threaten an upset in the all-Swiss clash, but at least a few VB stubbies passed on from 'Tomas Berdych's Barmy Army' can be blamed for that shoddy shout: sullen Stan offered nothing.
'But Federer played really well,' many will inevitably retort on Stan's behalf, but the world number two barely had a bead of sweat to show for walking all over a man who crushed Andy Roddick like a clove of garlic in the previous round.
"Stan has been an absolute embarrassment today," Eurosport commentator and tennis sage Simon Reed noted after the man in question had hurled his racquet to the ground in anger having patted three tame forehands into the net with all the conviction of an inebriated Alex Bogdanovic.
Even his attempt to run off with Federer's white kit bag at the end of the match (pictured, left) was half-hearted at best.
But while Wawrinka infuriated his Meat Loaf-lookalike coach Peter Lundgren with his disinterest in proceedings, the indomitable Schiavone showed enough guts and verve to deserve a semi-final spot through endeavour and application alone.
Despite having competed in an incredible 134 games already in the tournament prior to the match compared with Wozniacki's 70 - off the back of her epic 16-14 final set with Svetlana Kuznetsova - the ebullient Italian hustled and harried herself into the ground.
The diminutive Italian, who has to visit the local Allied Carpets prior to every tournament for a 'leg-up' in order to sit on her chair (pictured, above), battled like a warrior on Rod Laver Arena to give Wozniacki a real scare.
Every point won was followed by an emphatic and exuberant gladiatorial response from the pocket dynamo, while every point lost prompted a furious grimace and clenched fist: it was a ferocious spectacle in itself.
Wozniacki herself was not exactly subdued, roaring up to the heavens after taking the second set and pummelling her kit bag in delight to celebrate a break of her opponent's serve.
Indeed, the Dane pioneered the lurid red hot-pants look, ditching the conventional skirt and sporting a white tea cloth tied around her waist (pictured, right).
Lest we overlook a scintillating display from China's Li Na, who swept past Andrea Petkovic with consummate ease, and the ninth seed's post-match interview was truly something to behold.
Li was asked by Sam Smith why she spent two years not playing tennis while at university in America, when she could have spent the time perfecting her repertoire of sliced backhands. The 28-year-old simply replied, "because I wanted to do nothing - just being with my husband and not thinking about tennis". You can't argue with that.
TWEET OF THE DAY: "@rioferdy5 (Rio Ferdinand) got to get through the quarters first big man!! Man u on fire right now, keep up the good work!" (Andy Murray indulges in a hefty dose of sycophancy with footballer Ferdinand, who had rather prematurely awarded him the Australian Open title.)
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think it was a good match for me. My returning was good, and on my own service games I was really good, too. I think it was a good match for me." (The normally-eloquent Federer appears to forget that there are many descriptive words in the English language.)
NADAL IN A CAR VIDEO OF THE DAY: The highly-acclaimed 'On the Road to Court' feature sees Nadal answer questions like 'Describe yourself in five words', to which the Spaniard said: "Like many guys my age I like being at home, going to the cinema, play golf and sport, going out and other things..."
USER COMMENT OF THE DAY: "I've never seen a player give so little to a big game as Stan (Wawrinka) did against Federer - there are people in comas who show more spirit that he did. It was an absolute joke!" (Ubsst14 was not overly impressed with Wawrinka's work rate or application, it is fair to surmise.)
POTENTIAL UPSET OF DAY 10: As yesterday's blog pointed out, Alexandr Dolgopolov is the best Alice band-wearing player on the men's tour right now, and the pony-tailed Ukrainian can spring yet another upset if he hits his straps against Britain's Andy Murray in their quarter-final. Perhaps like Samson, the only way Murray can stop the Dolg's run is to wield the old Mach 3 Turbo razor.
CAPTION CORNER: Yesterday's caption winner goes to Ajf08, who came up with this offering: "I wish that Jim Courier would use the toilet like the rest of us. I must remember to bring a dog whoopsee bag in with me tomorrow."
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