Jankovic and Kuznetsova Out

Jun 27, 2009

Two shock exits in the women’s tournament could mean a number of things. Has the competition been blown wide open? Or is it going to be a straightforward Williams vs. Williams final as it has been on a number of occasions.

The shock exits in question were Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova – two very strong favourites from the word go – who were beaten by considerable lesser foes. Kuznetsova received an unwanted birthday present by 19 year old unseeded German Sabine Lisicki. Jankovic’s match against Oudin appeared to be going business as usual until suddenly things started to take a turn for the worst for the Serb. Melanie Oudin, 17 years old and appearing for the very first time in Wimbledon, took control of the match as Jankovic weakened. The teenager handled the pressure incredibly considerably for the circumstances and closed out the match with a cool head.

Jankovic’s main reason for her sudden dip in form was illness; she claimed to feel dizzy and close to collapse in the second set

Mauresmo and Dinara Safina look like best bets to compete against the Williams sisters. This may however change when Ana Ivanovic plays Venus Williams. If Venus is toppled, then the final may look a little more interesting. If she manages that, it suggests a level of ability that could get Ivanovic to the final.

The fourth round for the men’s side of the tournament is shaping up nicely: Roddick beat Melzer, Giles Simon beat Romanian Hanescu, and as I speak Britain is quivering with pre-emptive excitement because Murray beat  Troicki to get through. With Federer and Djokovic already through, things are as can be expected  but the excitement is still slowly building.

Tomorrow is a day of rest and reflection for the players; Jankovic and Kuznetsova will no doubt be quick to forget today, but others will be feeling the pressure of the coming week.

My predictions so far? Federer for definite in the final, and I am even tempted to put Andy Murray in their too.

For the women, I would have to say the Williams sisters…unfortunately.

 

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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