Williams Sisters Look to Close Wide-Open Wimbledon Draw
by Staff | June 18th, 2010, 11:32 am
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The struggling Williams sisters are here, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters are out of retirement, the Russian women as a group are falling off the map, former Wimbledon champ Maria Sharpaova is a shadow of her self after shoulder surgery, former No. 1s Dinara Safina and Ana Ivanovic can’t advance deep in tournaments to save their lives — the storylines are all here, so let’s take a look at the 2010 Wimbledon women’s draw.


World No. 1 Serena Williams actually has a difficult draw. She will start against the screamer Michelle Larcher de Brito, then probably meet former Top 10er Anna Chakvetadze in the second round. No. 25 Lucie Safarova or Dominika Cibulkova await after that, then a fourth-round showdown with Sharapova. Pencil in No. 9 seed Na Li to be waiting for Serena in the quarterfinals.

No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki is the top seed in the second quarter, where if the seedings hold she will meet No. 6 Sam Stosur in the quarters. In between them awaits — not a lot of competition. No. 14 seed Victoria Azarenka is a threat, and she starts against qualifier Mirjana Lucic, a blast from the past and a tester. No. 31 Alexandra Dulgheru starts against the ageless Kimiko Date Krumm, the player no one frankly wants to play — because she is 39 years old and still beating players (ex: Safina).

The third quarter landed the No. 8-seeded Clijsters and the No. 17-seeded Henin, and they are scheduled to meet in the fourth round. Clijsters starts against Italy’s Maria Elena Camerin, then meets the winner of Karolina Sprem and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. En route to their potential meeting, Clijsters has No. 27 Maria Kirilenko in her path, and Henin has No. 12 Nadia Petrova blocking her way.

Other opening-round matches of interest in the third quarter are No. 15 Yanina Wickmayer vs. American wildcard Alison Riske, who last week demonstrated her prowess on grass (winner to meet Melanie Oudin or Kirsten Flipkens). No. 4 Jelena Jankovic, the top seed in the quarter, opens against Brit wildcard Laura Robson, winner to meet Aleksandra Wozniak or Eleni Daniilidou.

Venus Williams is the top seed in the bottom section, and oh what an easy road it is. Venus’ first challenge will come in the third round against No. 26-seeded ball thumper Alisa Kleybanova of Russia, then in the quarters she will face either No. 11 Marion Bartoli, No. 13 Shahar Peer, No. 20 Safina, Sania Mirza, Alicia Molik, or No. 22 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. In other words, wide open to the quarters, except for Venus who will be there. The No. 13 Peer starts against the sad Ivanovic (winner to face Mirza).

Put one, likely two Williams sisters into the final, but like the WTA Tour this year, anything can happen.


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23 Comments for Williams Sisters Look to Close Wide-Open Wimbledon Draw

Thangs Says:

Henin, please make it this year..atleast for the sake of tennis…i am tired of seeing williamses lifting trphy..Allez Juju!


James Says:

I hope the winner of Clijsters-Henin wins Wimbledon. Both great players to watch – very exciting matchplay.

Williams will probably win though – yuck. Power power power *yawn*


Conrad Says:

Woo… Venus vs Serena in the final for the third straight Wimbledon! Come on, Williams sisters!


Maddy Says:

Looking forward to Venus destroy Henin/Clijsters in the semis.


emma Says:

typically williams bashing article – “struggling williams sisters?”

serena won the 1st slam of the year and venus has the winningest record on the wta behind stosur

not mention they just won their 4th doubles slam in a row and are ranked #1 and #2 in the world in singles AND doubles

I liked to struggle like that LMAO!!!!

grow up writer and write a balanced articles and stop williams bashing. the belgians are the ones struggling


Von Says:

I’m all for another Williams’ sisters domination at Wimbledon. I’d love to see either one hoist the trophy in singles and both in the doubles. However, in doubles, I’d like to see Huber get to the finals and if the sisters don’t win, I’d love for Liesl hoist the trophy, as she’s now a US citizen, and a very great doubles player who’s very deserving.

I don’t understand why people are tired of the Williams sisters doing well at the slams. Those ladies know how to seize and capitalize on their opportunities which are there for every one of the WTA players. Except, the others don’t or won’t do it, so why not Serena and Venus? The title’s there for the taking.

Go Serena and Venus, and Go USA!!


Polo Says:

Haters of the Williams sisters can hate them all they want but they are really the only ones holding up the WTA right now. Without them, it would be just a bunch of shrieking basket cases.


Von Says:

“Williams will probably win though – yuck. Power power power *yawn*”

Seems as though someone is troubled with a huge case of oscitancy. That’s a very contagious condition, and could have the whole site *yawning* uncontrollably.

I happen to love the power of the Williams sisters.

_______________
Polo: I agree about the shriekers. It’s one of the reasons I’ve almost totally lost interest in the WTA. Except for Venus and Serena, the WTA is pretty boring.


Kimmi Says:

I am for justine, Kim or sam. Go get the wimbledon title

Schiavoni winning wimbledon was just great to see!


Kevin Says:

I want Henin to win the title so that she can complete her career slam. My second favourite is Kim…..No sisters please…Esp Serena…


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Copy paste from SI page:

Serena v. Michelle Larcher De Brito: The defending champ versus the closest thing tennis has to vuvuzelas!!!

huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu


rsp Says:

The second rd match between Venus and Makarova maybe good..Makarova is in great form.


emma Says:

typically williams bashing article – “struggling williams sisters?”

serena won the 1st slam of the year and venus has the winningest record on the wta behind stosur

not mention they just won their 4th doubles slam in a row and are ranked #1 and #2 in the world in singles AND doubles

I liked to struggle like that LMAO!!!!

grow up writer and write a balanced articles and stop williams bashing. the belgians are the ones struggling


Kimmi Says:

wimbledon order of play for monday is out. They put henin on COURT 12..hmmmmm. I wonder why?

Go henin


Huh Says:

GO VENUS, YA MY GAL!!! :D


contador Says:

i see that Kimmi.

she is out there on 12 in some good company-

cilc, berdy..

and she’s playing the latvian. i doubt anastasja is a problem for justine


Huh Says:

I sincerely hope for Venus to win the WIM. The best final would only be VENUS v. SERENA with of course Venus Dearest winning it. :)

Why Williams sis final would be the best one, you might wonder.
I’d say it’d be so coz there’s only one lady who’s the best on grass at the moment and that’s Venus Dearest; second best is Serena!

Bring it on Williams sis!

I really want Venus to avenge her defeat to Serena last year by beating her this year!

Go Venus!!!


Huh Says:

Mrs. Von:

I sure hope you’d cheer for Venus if she meets Serena in the final. :)


Kimmi Says:

conty – its probably one of the big courts if they have cilic and berdych there.

Federer opens up play on center court as usual – a defending champ. For how long has he done this, even last year he opened up after nadal pulled out..he must be used to it by now.

Go fed


Colin Says:

If Laura Robson had to get a former world No 1 in the first round, I’d have preferred Ivanovic, who can lose to almost anyone these days. Laura has, I suppose, a small chance against Jankovic. S-m-a-l-l!


Von Says:

Huh:”Mrs. Von:

I sure hope you’d cheer for Venus if she meets Serena in the final. :)”
————–

I will honey. Remember, I like them both, plus the fact that they’re Americans, makes me want to see them do well even more. I’d love to see EITHER ONE AND/OR BOTH (in doubles) of them win AGAIN.

GO Serena and Venus, and of course, USA!!


Huh Says:

Thanks Mrs.Von! :P

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