Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wimbledon Report: Ladies' Quarterfinals


The ladies had the main courts all to themselves as they played their quarterfinal matches, delivering plenty of drama.

Five-time Wimbledon champion and last year's finalist Venus Williams was predicted to win easily against 82-ranked Tsvetana Pironkova. Instead it was the Bulgarian woman who played aggressively and dismissed the former champion 6-2 6-3. It's worthwhile to note that a day earlier, it was another player ranked 82 in the world who took out a big American name (Yen-Hsun Lu defeating Andy Roddick). The shock of Venus losing so thoroughly hadn't even had time to settle before the tournament had its second shocking upset of the day. Two-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters faded after winning the first set to lose in three sets to Vera Zvonareva halting the Belgian's hopes of getting her first Wimbledon title.


Bucking the upset trend, top seed Serena Williams handled a potentially dangerous opponent in 9th seed Na Li by taking her out in straights. Serena has not lost a set the entire tournament and has only lost her serve twice. Finally, Kaia Kanepi was expected to win against lower-ranked Petra Kvitova and was on her way with a 4-0 lead in the third set until things unraveled quickly. Kvitova ending up mounting an impressive comeback winning 8-6 in the third set saving five match points!

Semifinal Preview: Everyone expected Serena to make it through to the final four, but who could've ever predicted that the other three would be Zvonareva, Kvitova, and Pironkova? I certainly didn't. One thing is clear though, Serena will either get her 4th Wimbledon title this weekend or we'll have our second surprise first-time Slam winner this year. With everything happening this year, I wouldn't be surprised by the latter, but I'm not betting on it happening.

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