Sharapova Wins, Lines Up Lisicki; Clijsters Strong at Wimbledon
by Staff | June 29th, 2012
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World No. 1 Maria Sharapova stayed on track Friday at the All England Club, navigating some breezy conditions in defeating an old junior enemy, Taipei’s Hsieh Su-Wei 6-1, 6-4.


“I faced her many times in the juniors,” said Sharapova, who was broken twice in the second set. “She used to be a nightmare for me because she used to slice and drop shot on clay. We used to have real battles, and we haven’t played since then. I knew her game really well and she didn’t have time to do all of that today on grass. If I’m hitting a hard-paced shot I don’t think she has time to create, which is something she likes to do. That’s her game, lots of slices and drop shots, get people kind of crazy.”

Other Top 10 winners Friday were No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska rolling over Brit Heather Watson 6-0, 6-2, and No. 8 Angelique Kerber quieting No. 28-seeded American Christina McHale 6-2, 6-3.

Kerber’s win earns her a meeting with former No. 1 Kim Clijsters, who on Friday benefited from No. 12 Vera Zvonareva retiring in the second set with respiratory illness. Crying into her towel in the second set, the weepy Russian eventually threw in the towel trailing 3-6, 3-4.

“I’ve never played against her,” she Clijsters, looking forward to Kerber. “It will be a first. Obviously a left-hander is always tough. She’s been playing some really good tennis. She’s a fighter and physically strong girl, so it will definitely be a very tough match for me.”

On the upset tip Friday were Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi, coming from a 1-5 deficit in the second to beat No. 20 Nadia Petrova 6-3, 7-6(6), and Slovak qualifier Jana Cepelova outlasting No. 26 Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 6-3.

Other winners were No. 15 Sabine Lisicki ending the run of American Sloane Stephens in three sets, and easy wins for No. 17 Maria Kirilenko over Romanian Sorana Cirstea, and No. 30 Peng Shuai over Dutchwoman Arantxa Rus.

“The match is never over until the last point is finished,” said Lisicki, who was down 2-5 in the first set tiebreak to Stephens. “It doesn’t matter if it’s first set tiebreak or last set. I made some easy mistakes to go down 2-5. I had chances. The conditions were difficult — it was very windy, but I adjusted well. I just calmed down and went for my shots and made them.”

Lisicki will next meet Sharapova.
 
Saturday’s highlights at the All England Club include (6) Serena Williams vs. (25) Zheng Jie, (4) Petra Kvitova vs. Varvara Lepchenko, and (10) Sara Errani vs. (WC) Yaroslava Shedova.


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12 Comments for Sharapova Wins, Lines Up Lisicki; Clijsters Strong at Wimbledon

jane Says:

Speaking of Sharapova, I like what she said about Rafa’s loss: “”When the guy’s firing missiles left and right, going for broke, I just think it’s one of those days. Yeah, it’s tennis. We can never underestimate who we’re going up against. We always say how you can be ranked 1 or 100, and they still have to put the net up for you to play the match. That’s why we’re here.”"


Wog boy Says:

I just saw stats for Errani and cannot believe, she was bageled first set but that is not all, she didn’t win ONE SINGLE POINT in entire set. Does anybody remember if that ever happend?


Brando Says:

@Jane:

thanks for that- i agree with sharapovs.

In a funny way it kind of REINFORCES rafa’s take on opponents to be right: how every opponent is to be treated as a threat regardless of their ranking position.

Rosol showed it to be true.


jane Says:

Brando, too bad he couldn’t at least back it up. :/ Then it could have been something more meaningful for Rosol. But to just have one big match like that is kind of meh. At least when Soda beat Rafa he made the final that year, and the next year too! So he really proved himself with his performance.


Brando Says:

@Jane:

True- had a minor ‘rrrr’ moment about that on the other thread, lol!

BUT with soda though, he was a top 20 player at the time ( i think thats right ?) so we know of him and his ability.

Rosol was GENUINE SURPRISE, and a bit of an unknown player too.


jane Says:

Yep, he came out of mists and disappeared back into them Brando. I wonder if he’ll ever do anything notable? Hopefully he takes something out of that win at least.

Look at Goffin – now he is going to lose likely but he back up his wins at the FO and he’s going deep here too.


Noogie Says:

Brando it always good to console yourself. That type of strategy of Rafa backfired and it was due. He should stop playing underdog and I am not saying he should underestimate his opponents. Strangely enough,he was so bombarded that he forgot to pull out some of his dirty tricks


Brando Says:

@Jane:

Goffin is what 20? So he is backing up his breakthrough at FO and showing that he could be a serious contender for the big prizes in the future. He’s done really well here at wimby as a follow up for sure.

Rosol, on the other hand, is 26 so who knows. I hope for his sake it wasn’t a random, brilliant one off performance.


Wog boy Says:

Commentators said that Rosol had 20 (twenty) wins in his entire carrier, can you believe it, and he is 27 in july! He bombed out in five previous Wimleldon qualifications in the first round. That man played alltogether 52 matches in his carrier, according to commentators, 32 lost and 20 wins ! ! !


jane Says:

Wog Boy, a good friend of mine called Rosol a “spoiler” – perhaps she was right? One definition of the word, which is appropriate in this context is as follows: “A person who obstructs an opponent’s success while having no chance of winning themselves.”


Brando Says:

@Wog Boy:

:-(


Wog boy Says:

On the brighter side, I just saw photos of some tennis players with their dogs. These are mine top 3: Andy Murray and his dog, Serena and her dog and Laura Robson and her dog.
Sorry Nole, french poodle was never mine top10 dog.
Terriers (Andy and Serena) and Labradors (Laura) are mine top10 dogs.

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