Women’s quarter finals

Jun 30, 2010

Well at least we can guarantee there won’t be a Williams/Williams final this year, at least in the women’s singles. Venus Williams was knocked out comprehensively by unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-2 6-3. Not many would give the 22 year old much chance against the world number 2, but not only did she play the tennis of her life, Venus struggled seriously with key areas of her game.

Twice Williams served consecutive double faults, and struggling to get the throw of the ball right. Now sometimes a player can get away with these kinds of howlers if the opponent isn’t going to take advantage of the weakness, but Pironkova played every ball and created every opportunity to knock Venus from the tournament.

Whilst Venus’ game was stodgy and littered with unenforced errors, Pironkova played with passion and flare. She also managed to save the break points that could have turned the match entirely back into the American’s favour.  Although the crowd love an underdog, there weren’t all too many of them there at Court number one, which was a disappointment as this young player certainly has the potential to go very far.

Another upset at the tournament came in the form of21st seed Vera Zvonareva. After looking so confident knocking out Justine Henin, the sky seemed the limit for Clijsters on her first return to Wimbledon. The 25 year old Russian lost the first set 3-6, but Clijsters game appeared to be unravelling at the corners and the former US Open champion was becoming increasingly unable to hold back the tide of Zvonareva’s shots.

On top of the Russian’s calmness in the face of a former grand slam champion, Clijsters continually made unenforced errors, and at the second match point there was nothing Clijsters could do but watch Zvonareva move into the next round of the tournament. She will play Pironkova in the semi finals.

In rather more traditional fashion, Serena Williams beat China’s Li Na in straight sets 7-5 6-3. In typical Williams style, the power and brutal nature of her shorts were just too much for her opponent, but the Chinese player was not completely walked over by the American. Amongst the Williams master class in how to get into the semis, Li really made the world number one work for her place in the next round. It wasn’t until the second set that Li seemed truly beaten, and even then she fought back at everything Williams gave her. On the very last point, it seemed like Li may challenge her forehand called out wide, but as Serena celebrated and rushed to the net, she appeared to change her mind. Even if it had been it, it wouldn’t have done too much; when the Williams juggernaut gets going it takes a lot more than a lucky challenge to halt them.

Serena will play Kvitova, who beat Kaia Kanepi in a long and arduous battle on Court One, saving five match points and coming from 5-2 in the deciding set to win. With a match like that, no-one will deny she will be a threat to Serena, but it’ll be difficult to put money on her managing to beat the world number 1 when she is looking in such fierce form.

So, the men’s quarter finals matches are today. Will be back later on to update on how they happened, but as I write this Federer has lost the first set against Berdych but is 4-1 up in the second, and Djokovic is one set and one break up 3-2 against Lu.

- SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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