Wozniacki, Sharapova on Track for Wimbledon Meeting After Saturday Wins
by Staff | June 25th, 2011
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When the Wimbledon draw was made late last week, a potential “popcorn match” was eyed in the quarterfinals — world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, seeking her first Grand Slam title, against former Wimbledon champ and scream queen Maria Sharapova. On Saturday at Wimbledon both advanced into the fourth round, one step away from an anticipated meeting.


Sharapova on Saturday defeated Klara Zakopalova in an error-strewn match 6-2, 6-3, recovering from a break down in the second set.

“There’s no doubt you have to improve with the second week coming,” Sharapova said of her spotty performance. “The opponents get tougher, especially at a Grand Slam, so raising your level is what it’s all about in the second week.”

Sharapova will next face No. 20 seed Shuai Peng, who beat Melinda Czink 6-2, 7-6(5). Wozniacki was a mirror-opposite of Sharapova in her 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 27 seed Jarmila Gajdosova, making only six unforced errors.

Wozniacki has been criticized for her Wimbledon preparation, like Wimbledon champ Andre Agassi before her practicing for the grasscourts by playing on hardcourt. In the first week of the grasscourt season she played the indoor hardcourt WTA event in her home country of Denmark.

“I think I had great preparation,” Wozniacki said. “I came here a week early. I enjoy Wimbledon and I enjoy being here. Of course there are always things you can improve on, but I’ve been playing well this week. It’s not a surface we play on that often, but when we do, I always look forward to it.”

The world No. 1 will next face No. 24 seed Dominika Cibulkova, ousted No. 16 seed Julia Goerges 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

“We grew up playing against each other in the juniors, so we know each other pretty well,” Wozniacki said of Cibulkova, previewing a match that will be more about consistency on both sides of the court. “She’s not a tall player, but she takes the ball early and tries to be aggressive. I need to keep my serve up, get a lot of balls back, try to take the initiative and make her run. We’ll see how it goes.”

No. 7 seed Serena Williams won her first straight-set match in three attempts this fortnight at Wimbledon, defeating No. 26 seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-2.

Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic was also in action Saturday as the No. 18 seed, struggling as usual since her fall from the top of the rankings due to various injuries, illnesses and personal heartbreaks. She exited in straight sets to unseeded Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-2, 7-6(0).

Austrian Tamira Paszek was also an upset winner, defeating No. 6 seed Francesca Schiavone 11-9 in the third set.

Other winners into the second week were No. 9 Marion Bartoli who outlasted No. 21 Flavia Pennetta 5-7, 6-4, 9-7, and unseeded German wildcard Sabine Lisicki who continued her run by defeating Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 6-4, 6-2.


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58 Comments for Wozniacki, Sharapova on Track for Wimbledon Meeting After Saturday Wins

B-Lab Says:

Looking forward to Sharapova/Wozniacki big time, hope it happens. Here’s my take on today’s biggest winners, yes, including Wozniacki: http://bit.ly/imdwp0


Kimmi Says:

too many matches on monday, wimbledon middle sunday sucks.

Hope it does not rain.


Kimmi Says:

djoko draw has opened up beautiful though i don’t think he would have had any problem with soda pop.

but then the magnito tomic might cause one or two problems. I hope he reach the qtr.


Kimberly Says:

sh-t hit the fan in my house major with the last bracket update. Patricko4 is ahead of Colino6. My house is a warzone. he was happy when patrick was in last place. Now he is having one of the hugest meltdowns of his life.


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha kimberly, i did not realise patrick has gone up..i will check :)


Kimmi Says:

yeah, youznhy and llodra pick pusedh him up.. great picks :)

Go patrick04!!


Kimmi Says:

*pushed* duh


jane Says:

Ha ha Kimberly, I know it’s not funny for you, but it’s kind of funny to hear of two wee boys, 4 and 6, playing out sibling rivalry over a tennis bracket! ;) Hope your house is peace zone, or at least stalemate, soon.

Kimmi, i wonder if Malisse’s all-round game might trouble Tomic more than Soda’s power? Tough to say.

Personally, I keep remembering the Llorda who beat Nole in Paris last year. So with Llodra (who hit nearly 50 winners today) and then likely Tomic, Nole has his work cut out.

Fed should not have a problem with Youz or Tsonga/Ferrer, but it is tough to see anyone beating Fed here. Didn’t see the Nalby match, but the scoreline suggests Fed is playing well. I read that Nalby had played only 3 matches at Queens prior to Wimbledon since his March surgey comeback, however, so he probably wasn’t fully back to his best/ potential. Still, always a potential threat.

Rafa has the toughest R16 in Delpo, but I think Rafa wins.

Murray could have his hands full with Gasquet, too, but again, he has the experience of beating him over five sets more than once at a slam, so he will take confidence from that,plus he is the tougher guy mentally.


jane Says:

“I was very calm, but inside I was bursting,” said Tomic, the first 18-year-old to make the fourth round since Michael Chang and Goran Ivanisevic in 1980. “I tried not to show it to him. He was getting a bit frustrated, and I knew at times I had to stay calm.” CBC

Tough to say who will win in Tomic/Malisse, but I lean towards the young gun. Kubot/F-Lo, leaning towards F-Lo, and Tsonga/Ferrer, leaning towards Tsonga, as both F-Lo and Tsonga have been in Wimbledon quarters before. And then Fish/ Berdych, probably the most “pick em” of the bunch (?), I am thinking Tomas, but not sure. Havent seen enoughnof either guy play to know. But once again for the second (3rd, 4th?) slam in a row, Fish is the last American man standing in the draw.


Kimmi Says:

malisse v tomic. tough one to call jane. no one really knows how tomic will do. we don’t know him yet.
But i feel if he continue with his great composure like today he can definitely win malisse. I love breakthrough, love great comebacks. go tomic.

Yeah, you are right about llodra. he seem to play well, rnd 16 for any player means they are playing well. llodra has been off his game for a while but i think he loves grass. his game seem to suit this surface too. that was a demolishion job of Lu today..wish i saw that match.
I still give djoko more chance in this match. he is a top player with loads of experience after all.

Federer was great today. the serve is unbelievable. he is hitting his spot here too. hoping he continues that way. youzhy might be a little easier for him but i always worry about tsonga. he has a big game and you never know which one will turn up.

Go delpo..huge task but C’mon!

Muzza vs gasquet is a tough one too..agree about 5 set experience for muzza


dari Says:

Whoa, big jump for Patrick04 Jumped ahead of a lot of ppl, good for him!
Jane not too worried about Youzh, but have you seen tsonga this year on grass?!
Not gonna get my hopes up for my boy delpo, but I’m ready for him to get a win off of a tip top player-grass and Rafa doesn’t seem like the most likely place for it.
I see your concern about llodra, but this is a higher level novak and he just fought through playing not-his-best, should be a boost for next round.
Thanks to a friendly draw, its been a low stress first week with fed.


dari Says:

Muzz got gasquet wrapped up. He has beaten him from two sets down, imagine what Andy can do with a good start and some improved focus/calm. I have good feelings for andYM this time.


Kimmi Says:

“Thanks to a friendly draw, its been a low stress first week with fed.”

yeah dari. i remember this time last year how much stress fed fans had…go fed!


dari Says:

(And thanks to fed serving bombs!)
I haven’t said much about fed this week, cause I did the internet equivalent of losing my voice “cheering” for him at RG.
But so far am happy and hope he keeps it up when competition gets stiffer :)


jane Says:

Dari,” I have good feelings for andYM this time.” Me too. I feel like he could break through if he just stays focused on one set at a time. Of course I’d like to see Nole or Murray get to the finals, or even Delpo! Or why not Tsonga? Or Tomic!!

Basically, and I know this is contrary to the wishes of many fans, I just don’t want to see another Fedal slam final. Fed or Nadal would be fine as one finalist, but not Fedal. Would seem a little like the DVD Roddick talked about, ha ha, just kiddin. ;)


Kimmi Says:

i don’t want fedal either jane, so you are not the only one.

Delpo first time to reach rd 16 at wimbledon. yeah, he is learning to play on grass, improving..good to see.


Humble Rafa Says:

It would be fun if Djoker loses 3 matches all year – RG, Wimbledon and US Open. HAHA

Why does his mom look like she wants to pe all the time?


dari Says:

‘Nother vote for no fedal!
But fedal is better than no fed in final atall.
And no offense to novak, but I kinda don’t wanna see him and nadal in the final either. I want a classic grass kinda guy in there somewhere, fed OR muzz mixed in there with a nadal or novak.
I’m not digging how baseline…-based Wimbledon is right now, and the fact that the back of the court is all slashed up already is a bummer. Where’s the line up the middle anymore?!
In all honesty fed or Andy would be suiciding trying to come in all the time against novak and Rafa, but man, I want a taste of old Wimbledon back.


dari Says:

That does not sound like fun, humble. You are breaking character!


Kimberly Says:

I like fedals. Great quality tennis form two icons of the game


jane Says:

Actually dari, if you look at who got through to the final 16, a lot of these guys either play a lot of slice and/or volley. Kubot, F-Lo, Llodra, Malisse, Fish and even Gasquet will serve and volley. Heck, Delpo (33) Berdych (24) and Nole (26) came into net (number of times approached) more than Fed (14), Rafa (9) and Tomic (16). Kubot though came into net a whopping 93 times versus Monfils!!! Ninety-three!!!!


Kimmi Says:

apparently heat wave on monday. the forecast temp is 31 celcius


jane Says:

^ Those net approaches are for the last round matches that they all just finished. Ironically Fed and Rafa have almost the least net approaches of all the guys who are now in R16. of course it is based on opponent, and serve, etc, but it is still interesting to see.


Kimmi Says:

kubot is a serve and volley guy for sure. i believe llodra must have big numbers too.


Humble Rafa Says:

31 deg is heat wave. May be to people from Russia!

I played so bad. Look forward to making less than 3 errors tomorrow.


Kimberly Says:

Just watched sharapova replay she didn’t really play great. If sharapova and Serena both come through that would be a great match. However, I’ll be honest, I just don’t think I want it to happen. Bif feeling my girl will end up on the wrong end of it.


jane Says:

Kimmi they weren’t huge like I thought they would be, at least not for last match. Llodra was 37, F-Lo 36, and Youz 32 approaches.


Kimberly Says:

The hard courts I am playing on are over 100 degrees recently.


Kimmi Says:

humble, people from england call this heat wave too. just read it from BBC :)


jane Says:

Nole’s parents aren’t at Wimbledon.


Eric Says:

Well even a fellow fitness expert like Kubot isn’t going to out-rally Monfils, so I guess his net play paid off. :)


Kimmi Says:

thanks jane.

i saw fed doing some amazing jaw dropping volleys today, but not too many yeah.


Kimberly Says:

I just am starting to be unable to see anyone but Serena winning this. I like her and if Maria goes that’s ok but boy, would it be nice for Maria to win. Maybe I am setting myself up like RG again.

Not so sure about rafa. At this point I would give rafa a 25 percent chance, Novak a 25 percent chance, Murray a 9 percent chance, fed a 40 percent chance, and 1 to the rest of the field. Does my math work,


dari Says:

93! Great Jane, then i hope one of those guys gets through deep- tough order w/ top four though.
Slow court might not allow them to get away with that against tougher players.
I don’t wanna complain. tennis is EXCITING right now, I’m enjoying it mucho, but it seems to survive at high levels you have to adapt to this baseline game (fed included) and it just makes for the same (still exciting) tennis week in week out. Even on grass.
I’ll be able to watch more of these players w/ variety now that draw has shrunk down and will get my dose on Monday.
All is good :)


jane Says:

Wonder if the ball will bounce higher in the sun/heat with less humidity etc? Have no idea? But I think Rafa will like the heat and sun more than Delpo for some reason. Probably weather is a non-issue for Rafa overall, but I have heard him say before in interviews (before RG final, for e,g.) that he likes sun, not sure about Delpo, i.e., if it makes one iota of difference.


Eric Says:

Oof…my brackets are plunging hastily to their deaths. After a first-round reign at the top of the (sparsely-populated) women’s bracket, my picks slipped with almost every update to 5 of 7. And my men’s bracket… well, those oh-so-clever Kohlschreiber and Monfils picks, on top of some sloppy first and second round choices, have cost me dearly. Plus Isner wussing out against a dirtballer… I was in 5th place at one point, now 21 of 28!


jane Says:

Kimberly, Rafa and Fed 40% each, 20% to the rest. At least based on history.


jane Says:

But have same feeling as you re: ladies. Serena train building steam…


Eric Says:

Bring on the USO and the easy predictability of hard courts… :)


Eric Says:

Woah I didn’t notice that Schiavone was out!!! 11-9 in the final set, too. Bummer. :/


jane Says:

You’re being sarcastic re: hard courts right Eric? With Raonic and Tomic and Delpo and so on and so forth, hard courts this summer could be a wild ride!


Kimberly Says:

I may actually root for djokovic to come thru to save colino6 from losing to his younger brother who couldn’t care less. Watching thenreplay on the nadal match and its pretty boring stuff. I agree with rafa. Would like to see a few rallies.


dari Says:

Speaking of schiavone why doesn’t SHE play well on grass?


Eric Says:

As for the women, the bottom semi seems sure to be Vika vs. Venus. Well, as sure as such things can be — not sure at all, but clearly the best bet. The top half is much murkier, with a lot more grass talent left. Serena could very, very easily lose to Bartoli, she could easily make the final. No way to know. Even if she gets past Bartoli, Cetkovsk√° and Lisicki just proved they can play some fantastic ball. And the Masha-Woz quarter looks relatively assured as well, and that could go either way….


Eric Says:

Jane, I was just making the (completely narcissistic) joke that I won the AO bracket but am now doing dismally in the clay and grass ones.. :)

But seriously, I think there are fewer upsets at the USO than the French or especially Wimbledon, although I don’t have any statistics to back that up. Or: upsets I don’t predict, at least. Who knows…


Kimberly Says:

I agree, a lot of contenders on hard Jane.

yes, the serena train building steam. I just don’t see her losing, prob azarenka would have the best chance against her. If she plays woz in thensemis (boo hoo) I think she will hand her her -ss!


dari Says:

Will have to check out more ladies matches next week, didn’t watch much more than some of the centre court ones and a little serena, vika, ai. Actually not too shabby then. serena and Venus cleaned up just in time for week 2


Kimmi Says:

dari, i heard commentators saying that schiavone needs to wind up her swing..and normally need a lot of time. the low bounce does not help her swing either. Her best surface is clay.


Nina Says:

Anyone but Fedal in the the final, please.


dari Says:

That makes sense kimmi, she has quite a backswing Thx


margot Says:

Humble Rafa, yes of course 30 is a heat wave in the UK and very unpleasant it is too. When I read that Kimberly said it was 100, why, from the safety of my fridge, I nearly fainted….
However, only 2 days apparently so “heat wave” is pushing it a bit, more like “heat wobble.”
jane, problem in London is that any rise in temperature means a rise in humidity. It’s going to be very humid on Monday and I have no idea what that’ll mean for speed of the ball?
Then we’ll have storms and welcome relief from awful “heat wave”..;)


margot Says:

Nina, no not Fedal, and not an all Williams final either, please.


Colin Says:

Margot, you’re dead right about the humidity. Many years ago, when I worked at Australia House, I remember an Aussie saying that although the temperatures here didn’t compare with those back home, he found the English hot weather more uncomfortable.
As for the tennis, Andy Murray, despite all the talk about changes in his approach, seems to be following the usual pattern of starting slowly and gradually improving through the tournament. At the moment, he doesn’t look like beating any of the top 3, but who knows? I sure don’t.


margot Says:

Colin, whilst living in London one awful humid Summer, we went to Corsica. The actual temperature was much higher but the was no humidity. After London it was paradise :) One of the many things I don’t miss…
As for Andy…. fingers and toes crossed and sacrifices being made to the tennis gods at the mo, all I can do :)


Kimberly Says:

when it’s hot and dry on a harcourt in speeds up the court in my experience. But if its really humid and thick it seems to slow it down.

On clay it seems to make the ball kick higher.

No idea what it does on grass as i’ve never played on grass. There is a grass court in Key Biscayne here but it seems like a great effort to go play and probably have a terrible game.

Nadal looked so-so in his match v. Mueller. I guess on Monday we will see where his game is really at.


Skeezerweezer Says:

High heat high humidity = lower bounce

High heat and low humidity ( dry heat ) = higher bounce


Colin Says:

Skeezer, I reckon you’re right. The commentators were saying that when the Centre Court roof is closed, the humidity increases and the ball gets heavier, so presumably humidity would have the same effect outdoors.
Thinking of Tomic, it seems Australia collects people who names end in “ic” (like Dokic). Maybe they should try to steal Raionic from Canada!


Klaas Says:

I would love to see fedal. I am a Fed-fan, but if he is to win another major, I would like to see him do it the most difficult way.

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