Sharapova and Kvitova through

Jul 1, 2011

Out of the two women’s semi finals, the Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka  match was undoubtedly the most exciting. Kvitova had lost to Serena Williams in last year’s semi finals, and obviously had a score to settle with this particular round of Wimbledon. The Czech player cites Martina Navratilova as a hero, and she was beaming after her intense victory.

Her groundstrokes had the power and the beautiful angles, and although Azarenja took the second set after a fight back it seemed like she was having difficulty getting her shots to land where she wanted them to. In fact it seemed to be Kvitova’s mistakes that let Azarenka back in in the second set. After all, Azarenka was in her face semi final and the occasion may have left her a little stunned. But she is number five in the world and has been playing in similarly big matches, so she would have been expected to stand up against the pressure a little better.

It wasn’t just Azarenka’s faults though, they should not distract from Kvitova’s amazing display. She won her first semi final here at Wimbledon front of Martina Navratilova who was watching from the Royal Box, and faces Maria Sharapova in the finals.

Now, the Sharapova v Lisicki match. Well, it wasn’t quite as thrilling. It lasted an hour and 25 minutes, and although here was a moment of disbelief at the beginning when Sharapova went 0-3 down, the match levelled out the way everyone had thought it might do. The former Wimbledon champion on 6-4 6-3, and although Lisicki crumbled towards the end of the match, the German wildcard should be immensely proud of her performance. She has gone much further than anyone would have originally given her credit for, and we will undoubtedly be hearing more of her in the future.

-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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