Clijsters Loses on Grass, Serena Wins; Notes Round-up Heading to Wimbledon
by Jeremy Davis | June 14th, 2011, 3:11 pm

A smattering of tennis notes heading into Wimbledon:

Top-seeded Kim Clijsters lost to Italian qualifier Romina Oprandi on Tuesday at the Unicef Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. What a downward spiral for Clijsters since she admittedly choked that match at the French Open after leading a set and 5-3. What has happened to the Belgian who should not give rat about getting tight and losing matches since she is on the verge of retirement (so she says). Just hit out and stop caring.

The ageless Kimiko Date-Krumm also won Tuesday after beating a seed in the first round, and everyone’s rooting favorite Jelena Dokic won her opener, crushing Russian Alla Kudryavtseva 6-0, 6-4.

Andy Murray won his homecountry rain-delayed title at the Queen’s Club on Tuesday, coming from a set down to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.

After his 2009 win, he is now the first Brit to win multiple titles at The Queen’s Club since Francis Gordon Lowe won in 1913-14 and 1925. But can he win Wimbledon?

“I’m going to Wimbledon with the feeling that I’m going to win the tournament,” Murray said. “I don’t think you can go in with any other attitude. I feel like I’m playing good tennis. I’ll need to improve the next week or so and work on some things going into Wimbledon. But I need to play my best tennis throughout the tournament to be able to do that.”

Which I don’t think he can do. Champions win by still crossing the finish line when they’re not playing their best tennis. Once you see Murray having a tough time, his head will dip and the bad body language will show. Would love to see him/a Brit win it, but he is in need of a top coach and not ready.

Congrats to Sabine Lisicki for beating Daniela Hantuchova in the rain-delayed Birmingham final, not that you’ll see either of them go deep at Wimbledon, but who knows on the current WTA tour.

Will Serena and Venus Williams plow through the Wimbledon field after only one week of match play at Eastbourne? Serena debuted today, looking real shaky in needing three sets to beat Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“Tsvetana is an excellent player — she beat Venus at Wimbledon last year, so I thought if I got through this match it would be very cool,” said Serena, who was playing her first match since winning Wimbledon last year. “I’m a little rusty but I really enjoy being here and being back on the grass. I’m still just taking it one day at a time.”

Between the rusty Williams sisters, a no-confidence Clijsters and the rest of the cast of wanna-be top players on the WTA, the Wimbledon women’s draw will be watchable — only to see who (re: Na Li at the French) can sneak in to possibly steal a first-time Slam title.

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40 Comments for Clijsters Loses on Grass, Serena Wins; Notes Round-up Heading to Wimbledon

killerc Says:

Good to see the Williams Sisters back on tour. American Pro ladies tennis side looked weak and like novices without them!

funches Says:

Dude, Clijsters hurt her ankle again in the second game of her match. Nice way to write without knowing the facts.

Sunny Says:

good to see a decent performance from Serena. 2nd round will be quite interesting. Venus Vs Ana, Serena Vs Vera
I totally agree with you @funches. this guy seems half-informed…
and also Federer reaches a final in almost a year and he is in the junk whereas novak loses to Federer and he has the Funk! smart guy who put up this..

Eric Says:

How can one match be a “downward spiral,” anyway?

steve-o Says:

The Williams sisters are the favorites, no matter how rusty they are. They’re just a cut above the rest of the tour.

Regarding Murray, his footwork is his Achilles’ heel on grass. He relies too much on his hands (which are admittedly very talented) and sometimes has lazy feet.

During the AO final I remember seeing him just stick his racket out on one occasion, trying to make contact with the ball, even though he had plenty of time to move properly to the ball.

That’s something I would do, not something one would see from a top player in a Grand Slam final. You won’t see that from Federer or Nadal or Djokovic–or even Roddick or Hewitt–and it’s the reason he will have a hard time winning Wimbledon.

Kimmi Says:

venus just demolish ivanovic. she seem to be moving well enough and the serve was good today.

Kimberly Says:

Wow, good result for Venus.interested t see wat the other wlliams can do.

dari Says:

63 62 for V over AI? Geeze.
Why didn’t you give me a big “what the heck?!” when I put AI on my list, Kimberly?
I didn’t necessarily want her to beat Venus, but good gosh I hope the girl can put some wins together some time, and that score line does not help.

dari Says:

Oh its Wednesday- seeds are up now!

Kimmi Says:

the other williams kimberly is kicking butt at the moment :)

dari Says:

serena so out of breath! df to lose the game serving for the set. that’s when a year off takes it’s toll.

Kimmi Says:

vera broke on

dari Says:

and the PE, too

dari Says:

hi kimmi
vera hitting better now, and serena getting a little tired you can tell
who you liking on the ladies side for the big W, kimmi?

Kimmi Says:

for some reason i want to see the sisters do well. I guess I missed them..especially serena. funny thing is she wasnt one of my fav before.

I guess i am into great comebacks :)

dari Says:

what a lucky net cord for serena wow
i get ya kimmi, still havent seen venus play, but ive sure enjoyed watching serena again, even when she’s not at 100% still so good
vera might get this set though

Kimmi Says:

oh no..could be tough one for serena to come back..

Kimmi Says:


dari Says:

vera takes a while, but does break serena first game in the 3rd set. i dont know if serena has it physically to come back.
but this is a great match test no matter what. i know she has only played two matches but it looks like serena might do well with a little rest before W

Kimmi Says:

Yeah, i agree dari. she is playing well, just a little rusty…she almost got the match. tough match to play second round on the come back.

at wimbledon she will probably get 2 or 3 rounds before meeting top seeds. that should clean her game up

dari Says:

i cant believe the way serena serves when break point down. such a champ

dari Says:

cant do it consistently of course just yet, but a nice tool to have. ok, this is prob over now

Kimmi Says:

serena still fighting…but she needs to hold her serve

dari Says:

what a point!
serena’s face says it all!

Kimmi Says:

haha she does not believe she got it

dari Says:

no lo creo. serena levels it after three mp’s down

Kimmi Says:

she needs to hold now dari

dari Says:

well, she didnt. haha

Kimmi Says:

another bad game..what the?

Kimmi Says:

congrats vera. great to see serena back. she needs to practice her serve though, it is been letting her down. too many double faults..

Kimberly Says:

disappointing but oh well. Put it in perspective. Remember when Delpo came back he couldn’t even beat Feliciano Lopez or Bahgdatis let alone give a top five player a run for their money.

Shows either how good Serena is or how pitiful the WTA is. Not sure which.

dari Says:

that was a long, tough match. serena can be happy, i hope.

Kimberly Says:

she got seeded 8 so she wont meet any top seeds until quarters, biggest danger floater is venus at 24 seed.

Kimberly Says:

Venus is a third round match someone doesn’t want. Please don’t let Maria be the unlucky one!

Tennis Vagabond Says:

If Serena can stand up to Zvonoreva this week, she’ll be ready for a run next week. With 8 seed, she won’t face anyone as good as Zvonoreva till the quarters and by then she’ll either be nursing a comeback-induced injury or rolling.

Raonic barely got seeded, due to his lack of Wimbledon points from last year. There’s a few tough 3rd round opponents there for the top guys to watch out for.

Kimmi Says:

wimbledon site shows serena seeded 7, and venus 23.

sharapova seeded 5, a big jump for her.

i thought fed would be seeded 3. i was right. not much changes on the ranking for men..

dari Says:

they updated fast from the kim withdrawal i guess!

Kimmi Says:

so kim is not playing dari!! oh no! i think she is going to retire now..

Remcom Says:

Is Jeremy Davis implying that Li Na “snuck in” to steal her Slam at Roland Garros? What tournament was he watching?!

I doubt that anyone considers Li Na a pretender or fluke winner.

Andrea Says:

Incredible that the sisters can come back after almost a year and still cause havoc.

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