Monday, 25 June 2012

Day 1: Kim cruises, Venus out of orbit

Oops... Turns out my predictions were almost all wrong (except for the one which mattered. HEHE...)

Singles - First Round
(1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 62 63
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 63 63
(5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 61 63
(8) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 61
(11) Li Na (CHN) d. Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) 63 61
(15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 64 62
(Q) Carmila Giorgi (ITA) d. (16) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 63
(17) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) 63 61
Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (18) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 62 64
(20) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q) Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 60 62
(23) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. Vania King (USA) 64 62
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. (27) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 76(1)
Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) d. (29) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 36 63
(30) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Sandra Zaniewska (POL) 62 67(3) 63
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) d. (Q) Vesna Dolonc (SRB) 57 60 75
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 62 36 63
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 61
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (Q) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 62 62
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. (WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 62 64
Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Edina Gallovits-Hall (ROU) 46 64 108
Timea Babos (HUN) d. (WC) Melanie Oudin (USA) 64 46 63
Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. (WC) Naomi Broady (GBR) 64 76(4)
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. (LL) Misaki Doi (JPN) 75 63
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 64 62
Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Venus Williams (USA) 61 63
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) d. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 36 60 63
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 64 63
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) d. Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) 61 62
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 62 61
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) d. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 57 63 20 ret. (left hip injury)


Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Venus Williams (USA) 61 63

What seemed like a sure win match for Venus Williams turned out to be a total disaster. It seems like nothing is certain for Venus anymore. She looked tired and listless on court yesterday. Unable to impose her powerful game, she was swiped off the court by Vesnina, whose mental game is one of the worse in tennis. A sad end to Venus's campaign as she has won the most number of matches of all active players in Wimbledon. Let's hope she fares better in Olympics, but don't get your hopes too high up.

(Q) Carmila Giorgi (ITA) d. (16) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 63

Oh dear Flavia... This loss came out of no where. Carmila Giorgi is an up and coming player who hits with pure abandonment, not caring if the balls land in or out. Maybe she had a good day but Flavia should be experienced enough to handle that. Another letdown from the Italian in probably her last Wimbledon.

Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (18) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 62 64

Jelena Jankovic came onto the court as if she has already lost. No fire, no passion, no game. Kim wasn't even playing that well but Jelena just lacked the speed and power she used to possess. Her forehand was an absolute disgrace today. Her shanks were Stosur-like; hitting home-runs as if this was a baseball game. Kim just had to direct her balls to her forehand and the point would be hers. A bit of rust can be seen from Kim near the end of the match; but the result was never in doubt. Let's hope Kim peaks at the right moment. As for Jelena, time to start planning for your retirement...

Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 64 62

Poor Tammy. If she cannot win on grass, she cannot win anywhere. Facing someone who isn't that accomplished on the green stuff, Tamarine should have shown her the door, but instead lost easily. Seems like the end is inevitable for the Thai as she didn't make the cut-off for Olympics as well. A sad moment for the polite South-East Asian girl, who I had the privilege of meeting. Good luck Tammy in your future endeavors!

Timea Babos (HUN) d. (WC) Melanie Oudin (USA) 64 46 63

Despite winning Birmingham, Melanie Oudin falls in her first hurdle against slumping Timea Babos. This shows that warm up events means nothing as Jankovic also lost. Timea has a huge serve so it will always be a factor. Good to see Timea breaking out of her losing streak. As for Oudin, she should peak for the right event the next time.

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