Many were anticipating the quarter final match between Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters, and many seemed to have overlooked the grass court abilities of Sabine Lisicki and the talent on all surfaces and the form of Angelique Kerber. The Germans handily defeated their favoured opponents on a day which tridtionally is becoming the day where the favourites struggle.
Last year on the second Monday it was Wozniacki, Serena and Venus who were sent packing and this year it was Sharapova and Clijsters while Serena and Petra bothed struggled in their matches.
Coming into the Championships Sabine Lisicki had not won a match since April and sturggled to back up her run to the semi finals here last year, that was until she stepped foot onto the Wimbledon grass, the grass which seems to inspire her to actually play to her abilities.
Having lost of her three previous meeting with Sharapova, including last years Wimbledon semi, Lisicki was very much the underdog against the world number one. Lisicki however quickly took advantage of the French Open champions errors to get an early break and race ahead 5-2 in the opener. Sharapova showed resistance but was unable to combat the punishing ground strokes of her opponent as the 15th seed took the first set 6-4.
Just like the first set Lisicki got the early break and soared to a 5-2 lead. While she was expected to buckle under the pressure of serving for the match Lisicki was clutch when she needed to be rounding out the 6-4 6-3 victory with a second serve ace.
In the quarters Lisicki will face off against her compatriot Angie Kerber who flew under the radar to demolish Kim Clijsters 6-1 6-1 in what is more than likely to be Clijsters last showing at Wimbledon.
While the match is an upset it terms of name its not in terms of numbers, being just her second tournament since March, Clijsters should still be able to approach the Olympic Game with the confidence to succeed.
One of the most anticipated match ups in women’s tennis has been delivered to us but not in the manner of which we would have assumed. Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova both struggled in their round of 16 matched but prevailed in the end. Serena played her best set of tennis since Madrid in the opening set winning it 6-1 before Yaroslava Shvedova fought back to level the match with experience prevailing in the end 6-1 2-6 7-5. Kvitova had to find away back from a set and a break down before prevailing 4-6 7-5 6-1.
Other 4th round matches saw Victoria Azarenka, Tamira Paszek and Agnieszka Radwanska all advance with ease.
I would also like to point out that since I started my draw analysis/predctions things back for the 2011 Australian Open this is my best effort successfully picking 5 out of 8 quarter finalist 😛 Lucinda’s predictions are on their way 😉