Wozniacki, Williams Ousted; Big 4 Men On Course at Wimbledon; X-Notes
by Staff | June 27th, 2011, 11:41 pm
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The champions were mowed under at The Championships on Monday at Wimbledon as world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and former champions Venus and Serena Williams all lost in fourth-round play.


Wozniacki, still seeking her first Grand Slam title, was overpowered by the diminutive No. 24 seed Dominika Cibulkova of the Slovak Republic 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-5 after a seemingly indomitable start.

“To be honest, I don’t really care what people think or say or do,” said the defiant No. 1 Dane. “I cannot really do anything now. I did my best and it wasn’t good enough.”

The No. 7-seeded Serena Williams, who appeared back on her game in the third round after a straight-set win, saw the rust from a long illness layoff resurface in the face of big-hitting Frenchwoman and No. 9 seed Marion Bartoli in a 6-3, 7-6(6) loss.

“It’s definitely my biggest win. Beating Serena Williams is almost like a dream come true. Even though she didn’t play for almost a year, she’s one of the greatest champions in the Open Era,” Bartoli told the BBC after the match. “I had lots of chances but she kept coming up with amazing shots. After losing the 6-5 game, to win was amazing. I did it and I’m very happy.”

Serena was diplomatic in losing while blowing her own horn of potential.

“I never came here thinking I could lose. That’s my attitude. You know, you win some and you lose some. Today just happened to be the one that slipped under me,” Williams said. “I think I did really well, just being able to come back and play and win some matches, and play really tough. Today I lost, but I was able to hang in there and play tough. And I can only get better — that can be potentially scary, because I can only go up from here and do so much more.”

Bartoli will next play German wildcard Sabine Lisicki, who was a 7-6(3), 6-1 winner over Czech Petra Cetkovska.

Serena’s big sister Venus followed immediately with a shocking exit against Bulgarian No. 32 seed Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-3.

“Definitely not our best day,” Venus Williams told reporters of the siblings’ day. “We both envisioned seeing this day going a little bit different.”

Top 10 players holding their seedings into the quarterfinals on Monday were No. 4 Victoria Azarenka cruising past unseeded Russian veteran Nadia Petrova 6-2, 6-2; No. 5 Maria Sharapova defeating No. 20 Peng Shuai of China 6-4, 6-2; and No. 8-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova walloping No. 19 Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-0, 6-2.

Unseeded Austrian Tamira Paszek also made it into the quarters, outlasted Russian Ksenia Pervak 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

On the men’s side the Big Four virtually all ran into opponents who threw roadblocks in their path, but navigated them with veteran flare.

No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 4 seed Andy Murray were the only straight-set winners. Djokovic subdued No. 19-seeded serve-and-volleyer Michael Llodra 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, while Murray tamed No. 17 Richard Gasquet 7-6(3), 6-3, 6-2.

Four-set winners were No. 1 Rafael Nadal outdueling No. 24 Juan Martin Del Potro in tiebreaks 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4, and No. 3 Roger Federer coming from behind to defeat No. 18 Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

Both Nadal (foot) and Del Potro (hip) fought injuries during the match.

“I am happy today I am through,” Nadal said. “I thought that I’m never gonna win this match when [the foot injury] happened at 6-5,” Nadal said. “I am very happy to be through, winning against one of the best players of the world.  I think was a fantastic match. Was a very good level of tennis tonight.”

American Mardy Fish was another Top 10 seed into the quarters, defeating No. 6 seed and 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4. No. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France caused a minor upset, straight-setting No. 7-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer.

Fish will next face Nadal, with the Spaniard leading their career series 5-0.

“He’s a very dangerous player, so I will try my best to be very competitive on Wednesday,” Nadal said. “I need be at my hundred percent. If not, it’s gonna be impossible against him. So I have to recover.”

Crashing the seeded quarterfinal party were two un-seeds, Spaniard Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez coming from two sets down to defeat Polish qualifier Lukas Kubot, and Aussie qualifier Bernard Tomic manhandling Belgian Xavier “X-Man” Malisse in straights.

“What a match it’s going to be,” said Tomic of next facing Djokovic. “To play against a guy like him that’s No. 2 in the world, it doesn’t get really better than that. He’s obviously won Grand Slams before. My relationship’s really good with him. I’ve hit with him a lot of times. He’s a cool guy.”

Tuesday the All England Club rolls out the women’s quarterfinals, and also it’s TV ratings, with Sabine Lisicki vs. (9) Marion Bartoli, (24) Dominika Cibulkova vs. (5) Maria Sharapova, (8) Petra Kvitova vs. (32) Tsvetana Pironkova, and Tamira Paszek vs. (4) Victoria Azarenka.

TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
For the third time at a Grand Slam event both Serena and Venus Williams lose on the same day…Mardy Fish has only lost serve once at Wimbledon…Roger Federer now has 100 career wins on grass…Novak Djokovic has 100 career wins at Grand Slams…Bernard Tomic is the youngest Wimbledon quarterfinalist since Boris Becker in 1986…Rafael
Nadal
has reached 8 straight Slam quarterfinals. Novak Djokovic has reached 9 straight Slam quarterfinals. Roger Federer now has 29 straight Slam quarerfinals…The eight women in the quarterfinals are from eight different countries…Feliciano Lopez has reached his third Wimbledon quarterfinals…Rafael Nadal has won 36 of his last 37 matches…Marion Bartoli has won 10 straight matches…Rafael Nadal says he will have an MRI on his foot…Caroline Wozniacki hasn’t been to a Slam final since the 2009 US Open, yet her No. 1 ranking is safe for another month…Victoria Azarenka has never been to a Grand Slam semifinal…Maria Sharapova is the only Grand Slam champion left in the women’s draw…The jittery Marion Bartoli ousted Serena Williams on Monday at Wimbledon, but in her previous match in the middle of the third set she told her parents to leave the stands: “I was so tired and exhausted that really I had to express my emotions somehow. I saw them right after the match, my parents, and they understood completely. It was not against them. It was just that we played a very long first set, and I was exhausted and I was tired and I was feeling worse and worse. I normally never act like that.”…Rafael Nadal pulled from the Spain at U.S. Davis Cup match in Austin, Tex., following Wimbledon on Monday, slamming event organizers and the Davis Cup scheduling: “I won’t be there. The priority is to be healthy and I have to stop. I can’t be everywhere. After finishing the first part of the season I need to rest. I need 15 to 20 days to be in good shape for the second half of the season. I should have a check-up on my knees, and see how everything is going with the treatment we did, which is what has allowed me to carry on. The idea is to do what I did in 2010 to arrive the same or even better prepared for the US Open. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) continues to get it wrong by insisting with the format and calendar for the Davis Cup. There is zero consideration toward us, the players. If the best players don’t attend, the competition loses prestige. The ITF should ask themselves why this happens.”…British authorities wouldn’t let Novak Djokovic bring his poodle into the country…French Open champ Li Na’s off-court endorsements (Mercedes-Benz was just added) are expected to be around $10 million this year…Anyone pick Mardy Fish as the last American standing going into Week Two at Wimbledon? Poolsters? Anybody? Buehler?…While Roger Federer disagrees, Rafael Nadal says todays top players trump those of yesteryears: “It is difficult to compare the moments of tennis 15 years ago because the game changes. The only thing I can say is before, in my opinion, the top four players didn’t play as solid as today is going. I think all of the tournaments, even if there isn’t a Grand Slam…top players are always there in the finals, semifinals, playing in the final rounds. Probably in the past that didn’t happen a lot. That’s probably because of two things. The courts are a little bit slower than before, so the best have a little more chance to play the points…if you have more time to play the best player have the better chances to win. Second this is, because the players of today have a big rivalry, they know if they don’t play at his best in every tournament, it’s going to be very difficult to be in the top positions.”…Novak Djokovic was seeking a training session with lefty John McEnroe to prepare for his fourth-round match with lefty French net-crusher Michael Llodra…The New York Daily News’ Filip Bondy hammering Mardy Fish: “The problem with Fish, unfortunately, is that there is little upside to the fellow. He has made the most of his talents, which are considerable without being dominant. Fish is at his highest ranking in the world, No. 9, but turns 30 later this year. He’s never been past the quarterfinals of any major. He should be the Todd Martin of this generation, but instead is suddenly miscast as Pete Sampras. It’s even tough cheering for the fellow. Sounds like a card game. Go Fish.” — Yikes, give it a rest, he’s in the quarters.


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150 Comments for Wozniacki, Williams Ousted; Big 4 Men On Course at Wimbledon; X-Notes

Kimberly Says:

Me and both my kids have fish in the quarter finals unfortunately we also have roddick there!


cherry Says:

This was really a big shock! I was hoping one of the Williams sisters would make it to the finals. http://www.tennisround.com


jane Says:

Beuller? Do you mean Beuller Staff? Anyone? Anyone?

Love all those tallying stats in the Notes.

Bartoli is such an ecentric player & character. While Nole may bounce the ball a lot before he serves, she bounces her entire body!! Those weird kind of demi-plies she does. And then there are the mock tosses, serves, swings, jumps, hops, etc., adding up to hyper active tennis drama. Plus kicking her parents out? No wonder she is “exhausted. But boy did she earn her win over Serena. She. Did. Not. Cave.


margot Says:

Great to see Tomic and Dimitrov emerging on the big stage at long last. Tennis needs some new faces. Love both, but Tomic plays more like Andy but doesn’t move so well. But astonishing an 18 year old should have ice in his veins.
Rafa v JMDP was a THRILLER!
Glad Williams sisters are out, so bad for women’s game if one had won….and no more sightings of that outfit….thank god….
Terrific for Bartoli, how can that awful serve action produce aces :)
Gr8 to see Andy calm, focused, confident :) Thanx Mr Cahill.
Yes, grendel did c Jason, one of pleasures of Wimbledon is celeb spotting, isn’t it?


Adam Says:

“Tuesday the All England Club rolls out the women’s quarterfinals, and also it’s TV ratings” hahaha very true. not liking wimbledon’s scheduling.


Colin Says:

Adam, it isn’t only Wimbledon who defer to TV. Am I right in remembering that a men’s final at the US Open was delayed for a long time while they waited for the finish of a football match that was being televised?
By the way, you might also have chided the writer of the lead article for the incorrect apostrophe in “its”. In the UK it’s known as a greengrocer’s apostrophe.


scineram Says:

“Rafael Nadal has won 36 of his last 37 matches”

Hey, stop lying!


grendel Says:

“We both envisioned seeing this day going a little bit different.” She has a nice line in wit does Venus. Contrast Serena. When asked if her loss was a good thing for women’s tennis (not, after all, such a perilous lack of depth etc) she replied: “Yes, I’m super happy that I lost. Go women’s tennis.” To have got the full impact of this Serena gem, it was necessary to have seen it in the flesh. Eyes flashing, contempt oozing from every pore, she looked quite beautiful in a Boadacean sort of way, and I conceived a sneaking admiration for the worthy journo who had put the question. Either very brave or very stupid, I decided as they carried him off on a stretcher, mumbling about pension rights.

Later, the smooth English presenter of Match of the day tried to persuade a reluctant Tracy Austin that Serena had been ungracious. Tracy, who looks very slick these days (I still remember the gawky teenager with the teeth braces) and has a healthy regard for her personal safety, shifted her eyes and dodged the question at least twice. She did make a valid point, though. The age of the sisters is not the factor some think – they have missed so much time that they will certainly be able to carry on for a long while yet. In tennis, it seems, age is measured in terms of muscle fatigue not calendar years.

Meanwhile, Serena in particular is an ornament to the game. Completely maddening in a Nadal type way (they have a great deal in common – on court, and I mean in attitude not style of course; off court, I prefer Serena every time as she never obfuscates) – I am always glad when Serena is beaten. Her sheer quality – she is an animal through and through – brings out the attention in oneself. If she’s not quite there on the day, you keep watching, observing the puzzlement on her features, the determination to somehow or other winkle out the recalcitrant gifts from whatever corner they have been lurking in. She’s never in the least doubt. She knows she’s the best, an absolute one off in the history of the sport. Personally, I keep wanting to see her knocked off this perch, which is perhaps mean-spirited of me, but there it is.


Humble Rafa Says:

I lost 2 matches on clay. I lost at Queen’s. Yet I win 36 out of 37 matches. I am a genius. I win even when I lose.


Kimmi Says:

Rafa MRI apparently revealed NOTHING in the foot. Game on!!!!!


Kimberly Says:

awesome kimmi!!!!!! Where did you hear that? That’s great news, at least for me. I was worried I wake up to hear he wouldn’t play!


Kimmi Says:

I heard that on ESPN just few minutes ago. Chris Fowler said it.


Kimberly Says:

kimmi, thanks!

hmmmm, could the tennis x note mean 36 out of last 37 wins in grand slam matches? that would soound about right?


Kimmi Says:

so, maria is the favorite now, just because she is won here before..we will see.


Queen Mirka2 Says:

Guys you should follow the PseudoFed twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/pseudofed

He is hilarious and depicts Federer’s personality really well.


Kimmi Says:

patrick mcenroe is right, tsonga will be a danger to fed. he is been under the radar but playing so well.


grendel Says:

Kimmi – the commentators on the BBC having been calling Sharapova favourite since the start. I suppose this is just about justified. But it’s pretty open, I’d say. Off to see Kvitova.


grendel Says:

Kimmi, agree about Tsonga. You probably disagree, but I see Federer as the weakest of the top 4 at the moment and I cannot see him winning the tourney. You have to bet on Nadal, but Murray’s in with a small shot, and Djokovic – despite his alleged weakness on grass (pfoh!) – in with a very good chance. Yet again, Fed may act as spoiler. He cannot beat Nadal in 5, but he has the capacity to take Djokovic down – Djokovic being by far the most dangerous opponent for Nadal.

It is a curious irony that Federer has acted indirectly as Nadal’s benefactor – and could do so again. In terms of slam counts, this is a particularly piquant irony.


grendel Says:

Not going to see Kvitova. Bloody rain. Sporadic showers forecast for next 3 hours – then dry spell for another 3 or so, then..

What I have never understood is why, when they were putting a roof over Centre Court, they could not do so over Number 1 as well. No good saying the cost. Wimbledon is awash with money, they don’t know what to do with the damn stuff. They could put a sodding roof over Court 1, that’s what they could do.


Kimmi Says:

grendel – kvitova has to wait, apparently it is raining..AGAIN.
didn’t kvitova barely beat pironkova last year? I believe there match went to tight third set..we will see. I agree with you that it is open. sharapova looked good but so is others. Azarenka looked good too, kvitova ofcourse. bartoli etc.

wow, lisicki starting with a big bang!


Kimmi Says:

start early, show all matches on centre…WOW, did i just hear big thunder?


Kimberly Says:

im rooting for the follwoing

Lisicki
Azarenka
Sharapova
Kvitova


Kimberly Says:

big thunder, lisicki was going to serve and she looked up at it!


Brando Says:

I would say federer is still a threat. He’s only lost 1 set and that too in a tie breaker, and on serve I would say that out of the big 4 him or nadal have been the best servers. Djokovic in matches I have seen clearly doesn’t seem as comfortable on grass as the other 3 and against baghdatis him losing his head and getting rattled was something that the old djokovic would do.


Kimmi Says:

the umpire should stop overruling those lisicki serves. that was so in


Kimberly Says:

azarenka has never been past the quarters of a slam. i think today is her day!


Chico Says:

Simplifying: Federer – Nadal – Murray, Djoko, Berdych, delPotro etc., those are the parts of paper-stone-scissors which makes it interesting. Federer is the ‘weakest’ in terms of power but can handle the current crop of big hardhitters with his variety and skill, but against Nadals high drive-bounce he comes up short. The taller guys are set off better against Nadal. Djoko has gotten to a skill-, confidence-level that enables him to beat Nadal on a good day regularly. Murray is still one good win away.

But in the end it comes to the form of the day, and Wimbledon is the place where Federer is fully capable of beating Nadal in five, if he doesn’t finish in four. I’d go as far as to say it’s on Federers racquet, and especially his serve. The ‘new’ aggressiveness allready took Nadal apart in the WTC final, and it was a great pity that the RG finals first set went to Nadal. It would have been an absolute epic had Fed taken it. Though I think Nadal would have taken that one anyway.


Chico Says:

Grendel has to be right, if you put a 100 million to get a roof, that means the project manager has had the luxury of not needing to think about the costs.
Or then there hasn’t been a project manager, they probably called the local scrapshop and said we want roofie, just send the cheque.


Kimmi Says:

wow! that sound of the rain on the roof is loud..will the other women play today?


Kimmi Says:

big serving lisicki takes the first set.


grendel Says:

Bartoli’s flat – the shadow of Serena is hanging over her. She could do with an injection of something or other.

I think you guys are forgetting the psychological angle, overwhelmingly important in the world of Fedal. Of course Federer is the better player. But he is outpsyched every time.


Kimmi Says:

if bartoli can can get lisicki to rally, she is more consistent. lisicki wants to finish points early..


Kimmi Says:

drop shot, drop shot and more drop shots, why not… they are all working :)


grendel Says:

Kimmi, you take the words out of my mouth. Lisicki, drop shot queen. What about that rally at about love 30, Bartoli was in control at first and hitting fh crosscourt, Lisicki responding in kind and this goes on and they seemed to be settling into a comfortable rhythm – but I thought Bartoli had the opportunity to snap out of this dream and drive one down the line, she didn’t, just carried on but a littl estraighter and then Lisicki took advantage and angled the next crosscourt fairly severely (not cricket you were on the tip of thinking)and old Bartoli was left stranded.


Kimmi Says:

yes, i saw the rally. great angle. the more i watch this match..i see lisicki has to win these rallies with two or three strokes. once it goes on and on it becomes bartolis, she is more consistent and can generate great angles.


Kimberly Says:

i bet they can get all four matches on centre court if it rains all day, yes? put azarenka next. her match will be under an hour i bet.


Kimmi Says:

batroli must be mad with these drop shots..he he he.


grendel Says:

Bartoli has finally woken up. Serena has been banished and this looks like becoming a decent battle. Bartoli needs to win the 2nd set, though, or the whole match will have that strange and uncomfortable “what was that all about then?” feel about it. You know, you come out feeling shortchanged. And then the cry goes up, womens’ tennis! But that’s not it.


Kimmi Says:

what a difference..lisick win 33 winner, bartoli with 9 winners


Kimmi Says:

BREAK! i did not see that coming.

Now lisicki is serving for the match. really, players should learn how to play bartoli..drop shots. she cannot move well forward. lisicki has probably played 20 droppers in this match.


dari Says:

Oh well that was a little deflating. hehe
Bartoli has been almost out for most of her matches here, and seems to have ran out of time and energy now.
Lisicki looking good


Kimmi Says:

oh noo! hope she can regroup and be able to serve it out.

well..the serve is incredible!


Kimmi Says:

she got that drop shot too…ha ha ha. amazing

ok..too many, did not work this time


Kimmi Says:

bartoli! still alive


dari Says:

That’s good for bartoli to get the winner after that lucky return undone by foot fault


Kimmi Says:

double fault…wow! nervy game that was.


Kimmi Says:

ok, i just feel like cheering for lisicki..where are those big serves..

C’mon, here here


Kimmi Says:

bartoli played a great tie break against serena..can she do it again?


Kimberly Says:

i just cant stand bartoli. i guess i understand how some people feel about rafa because i just will root against her. i find her so vile and annoying


Kimberly Says:

everthing she does just rubs me the wrong way, i think she is a heinous individual


Kimmi Says:

hmm, bartoli takes this. lisicki is just sooo tight.


Kimmi Says:

c’moooon sabine


Kimmi Says:

she needed big serve there..really she needs big serve.


Kimmi Says:

bartoli a fighter..she wins this now.


Kimberly Says:

2 set points for bartoli. and she gets it. I find her unwatchable. I think i need to close the screen on my computer and just follow livescores. her practice swings and jumping around are on my last nerve.


dari Says:

Look who drop shouted now!!
At Indian wells I could not stand bartoli, couldn’t even watch her, but after her play in that finals match and her beautiful speech, I really like her. There are so many tics and weird things about her not to like, but she plays so hard and fights. Shame such a huge server like lisicki couldn’t serve it out, but I’m glad to see Marion have another chance.
BTW lisicki has a commendable second serve as well, she gets great kick and keeps df’s down. She had a really bad timed one but other than that- really- sh#&#* she just double faulted!


grendel Says:

Kimberley says:”i just cant stand bartoli. i guess i understand how some people feel about rafa because i just will root against her. i find her so vile and annoying. everthing she does just rubs me the wrong way, i think she is a heinous individual”

Yep, that’s exactly it. It goes utterly beyond the rational. For me, Nadal – well, Kimberley, you’ve said it all. As for Bartoli, I rather like her. She’s a charmer and a terrific fighter. Lisicki just collapsed when serving it out, some horrendous drop shots (He who lives by the….), an amazingly missed baby volley and so on.

The really funny thing is Bartoli clinched the set with a bloody drop shot. Don’t tell me this girl don’t have a sense of humour. Anyway, we’ve got our third set, and I really do believe it’s anyone’s match. Bartoli seems to be more comfortable coming from behind, and Lisicki will surely recover her serve.

All to play for…


Kimmi Says:

c’mon break here lisicki..ooops double fault bartoli.

i really thought bartoli will run away with this after that second set.

good to see lisicki regrouping..maybe she will start to serve big again


MMT Says:

I too find all of Bartoli’s antics between points to be ridiculous. It’s fascinating how in modern tennis anything goes in between points – never mind the time violations – bouncing, practice swings, turning your back on the server, adjusting your socks, and the towel…every to towel to wipe the arms, the legs, the brow – everything but the grip, by the way.

And don’t get me started on this absurdity of looking up at the box after EVERY point. Chris Evert asked Cliff Drysdale what he thinks about players looking up at their boxes after every point and he said, “I hate it.” Full stop. Couldn’t agree more. The funny thing is two matches ago Bartoli banished her parents from the court and came from behind to win, so why she thinks she needs them around to look at after every, is beyond my ability to comprehend.

I think they should reduce time between points to 15 seconds, and if this the rigarmarole continues, reduce it to 10. And there should be a serve clock on the court – like a shot clock in basket ball.

Seems extreme, but it’s getting ridiculous – it takes 3 hours to watch 30 minutes of tennis. I now prefer to watch matches on DVR so I can skip 10 to 30 seconds between points.

Okay, I’m done being a crabby old man this morning.


grendel Says:

Oh, well, looks like it’s going to be Lisicki’s day. Hope she gives Sharpie a decent battle – although i would like Cibulkova to win, but that’s probably asking too much.


dari Says:

I didn’t catch it till grendel requoted it, but “heinous individual” had me laughing


Kimmi Says:

grendel – its not over. bartoli will fight till the end


dari Says:

Oof, bartoli out of energy


Kimmi Says:

lisicki shots are all ending at the net..


grendel Says:

yes, you’re right Kimmi. Tennis very scrappy at the moment, but sort of absorbing.


jane Says:

Lisicki is a force. Her game is perhaps especially suited to grass?

I asked the other day: why are there so few down-the-line shots in WTA matches? You just rarely see them, it seems.


Kimmi Says:

yeah, bartoli plyed too much tennis, i forgot about eastborne last week.


Kimmi Says:

bartoli..she is looking exhausted!


Kimmi Says:

5-1..go lisicki


jane Says:

Nice point!


dari Says:

What kind of racket prep was that on the “overhead” ?
Well its too much to come back now. Bartoli looks absolytely ragged that sweaty ponytail sticking to her back is killing me.
I dunno Jane, maybe the ladies havent perfected changing the direction of the ball consistently.
There’s a good one


jane Says:

Yay Sabine!


dari Says:

Both have had some good dtl’s
Good on lisicki- wild card into semis!


Kimmi Says:

bartoli hit a good down the line bh there.

congrats lisicki. who would have thought. go win it all Sabine.


jane Says:

Yeah, Bartoli hit that great d-t-l return in that nice point. She hit a couple vs. Serena too. But they arent used nearly as much as in mens matches. Tendency seems to be cross court in rallies I have watched lately.


Kimmi Says:

i go to work at 12 today..was hoping to watch petra kvitova but does not look like i will…

first germany player since stefi graf in 1999 to reach wimbledon semi..good for her.


Kimmi Says:

too much tennis for bartoli. in the end it worked to her disadvantage. but she is earn some good money to probably go to a nice holiday after this.


WTF Says:

I’m hoping for Lisicki v Sharapova, and Kvitova v Paszek.

That would be a photogenic ladies semi final.

The final I hope will be Lisicki v Paszek. I like Sharapova as a person, but I don’t want a shrieker to win. Grunting is fine as long as it’s not too loud. Some of these girls go too far. It’s annoying.

I hope Lisicki wins Wimbledon, because as it turns out she’s quite easy on the eyes. Has a sweet personality too.

But I’m a realist and I think Sharapova wins the title. She will beat either Azarenka or Kvitova in the final. If it’s Azarenka, Wimby will have to supply ear buds because the dB level will be deafening.


Kimmi Says:

go cibulkova…just go kill that ball.


Kimberly Says:

In person Azarenka’s shreik is weirdest, she honestly sounds like she is giving birth.

go Maria.


Kimmi Says:

if maria was playing wozniacki i would have probably cheered for her. but cibulkova is too sweet…and she beat her nemesis woz yesterday.

go go go


jane Says:

Come on Sharapova. Quite a smacker of a first point, ha.


Kimmi Says:

the serve is weak though, i cant see her winning this..


jane Says:

How tall is Cibulkova? Or how short?


Kimmi Says:

Country: Slovakia
Birth Date: 6 May 1989
Birth Place: Bratislava, Slovakia
Residence: Bratislava, Slovakia
Height: 5 ft. 3 in. ( 1.6 metres )
Weight: 121 lbs. ( 55 kilos )
Plays: Right
Turned Pro: 2004


jane Says:

5’3″ OMG! She is four inches shorter than me even, but nearly a foot shorter than 6’2″ Maria.


grendel Says:

Well, the best player won on the day, no doubt.
Sharapova is nearly a foot taller than Cibulkova (5ft 1). If only Cibulkova had a serve, her ground strokes are incredible – but her nerve, too. Dunno what she’ll do today, but in general, if she makes a mistake – and it is in the nature of her game to make more than the average number – she doesn’t back off. So at the end, if she loses, she knows she’s given her all and can hopefully sleep at night.


grendel Says:

5 ft 3? Must have misheard.


jane Says:

She dated la Monf! And Melzer. She may still be with Melzer??


Kimmi Says:

i think this will be a rout.


Kimmi Says:

really, dated la monf..ha ha


dari Says:

Maria massive returner!
I like domi well enough, but on grass, Maria has this
Sabine is terrific, but if Maria wins this I hope she beats her.
It’s almost comical how hard domi hits the ball, but then Maria just bests her!


jane Says:

Cibulkova is really overmatched. Tee hee.


dari Says:

My biggest wish is for vika to get over her qf hump and get to the semi here.
I didn’t know if she was any good on grass, but she is doing just fine, hope she goes one more.
I’m getting rained out here today, too o think…


jane Says:

Rain at my abode too dari. Still barely any summer weather for us west coast Canadians this year.

I hope Vika makes the semis too. My wish isfor Sharpie vs. Lisicki and Vika vs. Kvitova semis. Then, really, I would be happy for any of them to win the whole thing.


Kimmi Says:

ok, its a boring match. congrats to sharapova


grendel Says:

Cibulkova seems made for Sharapova to gobble up – the Sharp clearly loves the rhythm she’s being given, although Virginia Wade did say that Cibulkova has troubled Sharpie before – slightly hard to believe. One interesting point, though. Sharapova was coming in as if threatening to take the ball on the volley, but she backed out of that, let the ball drop and gave Cibulkova her heart’s delight for once – an easy drive down the line. That’s a weakness which could come to haunt the blonde screamer when matched against better players. You wouldn’t catch old Serena backing down like that, and I was delighted to see Kvitova taking on volleys like a veteran the other day.

For now, she is unassailable.


Kimmi Says:

at least i will get to see few games of kvitova


grendel Says:

And there was a risible attempt at a volley early in the first set, barely reaching the middle of the net – this may have accounted for Sharapova’s faintheartedness in the later point when she backed off. Her groundies now are so good that it doesn’t matter in the slightest. But her inability to do any but the most rudimentary volleying may come to haunt her one day.


dari Says:

I couldn’t place it, but I remember domi giving Maria trouble. maybe during Maria really bad error/df time at the beginning of the year? I know she got her on clay a few years ago, but thats less a surprise. Grass- and the way Maria is hitting today- I’m kinda excited now for Maria
I will have to watch kvitova see what the rave is


grendel Says:

Are they going to play the other quarters on centre court then? That would be sensible – too sensible, you might think, to occur to the bureaucrats in charge of these things.


Kimmi Says:

grendel – the kvitova v pironkova is underway.

kvitova is ahead 5-2


Kimmi Says:

few errors see pironkova break back.


dari Says:

CONGRATS to Maria!
Are they really gonna play doubles on centre or finish up the ladies qf’s?


jane Says:

Kvitova with set one. Oh so close to getting exactly the semis I’m hoping for in Ladies. Just need Kvitova to finish the win and Vika to make her first grand slam semi. She might be the one to foil things??


jane Says:

Brad Gilbert picked Kvitova to win the title.


Kimmi Says:

she is not consistent enough to win it..maybe maybe hope sooo!


jane Says:

That was a nice d-t-l passing shot by Pironkova. Just when I ask why I never see them, I see a few beauties today.


dari Says:

The older players love kvitova and I see why
I didnt realise all the men’s qf wouldn’t be on centre.
How does pironkova stay alive?


jane Says:

Nole and Rafa matches on court one; Fed and Murray matches on center court.

Just like today, two on centre, two on court one.


dari Says:

Yeah, ask skeeze about the specifics but always ball naturally goes cross court. You have to do a few different things to get a ball down the line. Some ppl turn shoulders differently, some hit more spin, I have to push the ball a little more, kee it on my racket kinda longer to really change the direction from straight back to cross court.
Well anyway, pironkova has gotten herself to a TB!


dari Says:

What a whack point. how far did kvitova run over for that fh, geeze.
kinda hoping she woulda closed it out and get vika on. but if pironkova somehow wins this that may be better for vika in the long run? Should she win today of course ;)


dari Says:

Should say “whackY”


Kimberly Says:

i like azarenkas chances against either.


Kimberly Says:

imagine, the final of wimbledon could be a blond screamfest.


grendel Says:

Kvitova’s inconsistency is her absolute achilles heel. Pironkova has been extraordinarily composed for a player who has won only 9 matches since Wimbledon last year, and she has ridden her luck in this tie break. Towards the end of the 2nd set, Kvitova had 36 winners to the Bulgarian’s 9 or something – and yet Pironkova wins the set. Slightly hard to fathom other than that Kvitova is so abnormally unpredictable.

Pironkova may win the match – a triumph for calmness if she does. But, sadly, I can’t see the Wimbledon champion coming from this quarter.


margot Says:

Unfortunately Cibilova had no plan B (a gr8 group jane :)) When in doubt, like JMDP, she just hits the ball harder, unfortunately Maria hits it harder still.
Why I like Schiavone so much probably, so much variety in her game, especially on clay.


jane Says:

That’s some gooooood rap margot.


Kimberly Says:

Pironkova is a junker. Would be fits to play her. Hope Kvitiva can get rid of her so i dont have to watch another match of her wierd slices and chops.


jane Says:

So is centre court sitting empty a.t.m.? Why not put the pther QF over there?


margot Says:

jane, not empty, they have a women’s doubles on. All courts are heavily scheduled.


jane Says:

Kvitova really painted the lines in that penultimate game to get the break. Kudos to her.


dari Says:

Nice for kvitova to get back to back semis!
Now I hope vika can grab her spot.
Yesterday for JMdP it wasn’t about just hitting the ball harder, it was really nice to see him moving so well and trying some different things further in the court. It was really a great match yesterday.
Don’t know a thing about pazcek


dari Says:

From the schedule it looks like they just squeezed a gentleman’s invitation match before mixed dubs on center?
I hope there is not rain and vika’s match suffers. That seems weird they didn’t put that on centre to ensure completion


grendel Says:

Sam Smith said:”There’s been times in this match there’s been too much low hanging fruit. It’s almost been too easy to pick off”. Graphically put, but Pironkova has two assets – unshakeable calm and determination to stay in the point whatever, and a high class bh.

Glad Kvitova fought her way through, and I wouldn’t rule her out against Azarenka – inconsistency works both ways as does unpredictability. She’s quite capable of blowing Azarenka off the court, although there are several other possible scenarios too.

Virginia Wade – who backed Sharpie to win from the beginning of the the tourney – made an interesting point. Sharpie’s serve with the exaggerated knee bend and the high ball toss requires a lot of things to come together in sync for it to be successful. Clearly wind will hurt such a player more than many.

The rest had better hope for wind.


marrisv Says:

Did Murray play on court one at all this year?


marrisv Says:

i would have thought they will put Nadal – Fish on centre given Fish’s ranking


jane Says:

marrisv, yes I am fairly sure Murray has had one court one match, though I didn’t check. They probably put him on centre court because, well, this is Britain, so his “home” slam, and maybe the royals will come again, too.. ;)


dari Says:

Yes Andy has played on one, maybe 2nd round?
They’re putting better contests on centre. Fed and tsonga most competitive- Tomic/novak and rafa/fish not so much.


dari Says:

Yeah, muzz of course why not have home boy on centre?!


jane Says:

This is horrible luck for these ladies. Last one to try to get finished.


marrisv Says:

Jane, dari – Thanks. Yes he did play the second round on court 1.


Kimberly Says:

Last year Nadal and Nole played the quarters on 1 and Murray and Fed played on Centre.


jane Says:

This next match will be Nole’s third match on court one. But he doesn’t care. He says “both courts are beautiful.” The only drawback for Nole/Tomic and Rafa/Fish is, of course, rain delays.

Azza’s “hooo”s really echo with the roof closed.


dari Says:

Aza is pouncing.
Hope she gets it done fast, I have tennis in two hours and it looks like its drying out.
Hope its nice weather for all the guys tomorrow


jane Says:

Of the top four guys, Nole will have been on court one the most at three times. I believe Fed and Murray once each and Rafa twice. The journos even asked Nole about it after his win over Llodra, but Nole was very professional. It doesn’t matter to him, he said. He plays where they put him, etc. That is the best attitude to have.


dari Says:

Not very many of the guys seem like they would complain, but we’re talking about the diff b/t court 1 and centre- not #2 or anything.
In general novak having a little under the radar time for himself if he wants it


Kimberly Says:

dari Says:
Aza is pouncing.
Hope she gets it done fast, I have tennis in two hours and it looks like its drying out

Me too. Changing into my White and CHlorine Blue “Flirty” Azarenka Miami Dress.


jane Says:

As commentators opined, why would Pazsek have challenged?


Kimberly Says:

Jane, as someone who can sometimes grunt with exertion on some strokes i am generally quite tolerant of the shreiking. But what Azarenka does is different. In person it is even weirder. Almost like singing. But I love her game and her outfits. But as i said earlier, it sounds like she is giving birth not playing tennis.


jane Says:

I mean why *wouldn’t* she have challenged.

Kvitova has lovely eyes.


jane Says:

It is weird Kimberly. Different than Sharpie or Williamses’ shrieks, ha. Very rhythmic, as you say.


dari Says:

Do all sports players get massage EVERYDAY? or just tennis? They’re always talking about it
I know its therapeutic and often hurts but man these guys have the life ;)
105 is paszek’s fast ball?


dari Says:

Haha K, yes get ready while I watch
It’s fun being a girl
Oh, missed it coming in, but she is coming in, vika


dari Says:

Nice point from.vika


dari Says:

So impressed by vika performance today to get to her first semi!
She was all over the court and played CLEAN.
She can beat kvitova if she plays like that. Kvitova movement isn’t as good as aza’s so I hope she can exploit that


scoreboard66 Says:

Why the unkind remarks about Bartoli? She has a controlling father just like some of the other players on tour. Also, she has some tic in her repertoisre, but so do all of the players. At least she’s not as loud as Sharapova, who has her share of tics, and Azarenka, who has won the prize for the loudest screeching.

dunno why the fuss about who’s playing on CC. I think the organizers look at the matches and decide which player attracts more fan response. Can we say Fed and Tsonga is less exciting than Novak and Tomic? I don’t think so. Murray is on CC coz he’s the home-boy, which is understandable. Nadal is the No. 1 player, so someone’s gotta play on Court 1, which shouldn’t be a big deal for a player and does not make him a lesser opponent IMO. Roger is a six-time champion and that should count for something.


Tennis Fan Says:

Is there a reason to believe that Nadal was actually injured in that match!? He said that ‘it was a fantastic match.’ How can you go from being injured one minute, to running around like a rabbit the next? Humble champion anyone? Anyone remember him taking an injury timeout at RG this year? How about doing so in three straight matches at Wimbledon last year? An MRI confirmed Nadal has no injury were the headlines…well…yeah, only if he lost would there be an injury. The guy never loses when he is 100%, right!? Perhaps in the 15-20 days he’ll have off, he’ll head straight to Fuentes and get some clenbuterol.


The fighter Says:

oh come on jane u understand dat der is a difference between nole playing on court 1 and rafa’s? n btw rafa has played on court 1 once and not twice…check your facts

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