Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Back to reality. And reality sucks!

Back from my holidays and Kim lost! Well, that was yesterday's news but still it's so damn devastating!

4th round:

(2) Victoria Azarenka d. (14) Ana Ivanovic 61 60
(15) Sabine Lisicki d. (1) Maria Sharapova 64 63
(6) Serena Williams d. Yaroslava Shvedova 61 26 75
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska d. Carmila Giorgi 62 63
(4) Petra Kvitova d. (25) Francesca Schiavone 46 75 61
(8) Angelique Kerber d. Kim Clijsters 61 61
Tamira Paszek d. (21) Roberta Vinci 62 62
(17) Maria Kirilenko d. (30) Peng Shuai 61 67(6) 63


(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 63 76(4)
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (17) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 75 46 75
(6) Serena Williams (USA) d. (4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 75
(8) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 67(7) 75


(8) Angelique Kerber d. Kim Clijsters 61 61

Make no mistake, Kim thoroughly deserved to lose this match. Anything that Kim touched, it turned into pure poison. Kerber played well, which led to this extremely embarassing scoreline. Fairytales don't exist. Snap back to reality! :( 2 more events for Kim: Olympics and US Open. Not expecting anything from her in Olympics as it's also on grass. She's not scheduled to play any warm ups before US Open as well, so expect another rusty performance. :(

(15) Sabine Lisicki d. (1) Maria Sharapova 64 63

Despite her opponent tightening up in the end, Sharapova was unable to pull out a win as Sabine Lisicki takes out the top seed. No Roland Garros-Wimbledon double for the world number 1. Sabine is a threat on grass but Maria should be better than this as Lisicki has been struggling with form. I guess Sabine felt that she had nothing to lose and went for broke. Maria will be disappointed with this loss but as usual, this will only spur her to work harder for the rest of the season. Watch out for Maria in Olympics.

(6) Serena Williams (USA) d. (4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 75

The defending champion falls to the GOAT, Serena Williams. Not a shocker, but this is an upset on paper. Serena fought through her last 2 matches and looked vulnerable on grass. However, she cleaned up her act and served like a machine, kicking Petra out of the tournament. Petra shouldn't be too discouraged though. Losing to Serena is no shame. I guess Petra will have to wait for Serena to retire before she can dominate Wimbledon. As for Serena, she looks on course to her 14th Grand slam. See what an early exit can do to you? It might not be the worst thing after all. :)

(8) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 63 67(7) 75

Sabine Lisicki was brought back down to earth after achieving her career highlight of beating Sharapova in her previous round. Ever the fighter, Kerber fought despite losing the close 2nd set and stamped her authority as the best German on tour. You have to give credit to Angelique. Just one year ago, she was barely hanging onto the top 100. And now, she is firmly inside the top 10 and poised for greater heights. Sabine shouldn't be disappointed as she finally notched some wins and gained back her confidence. Let's hope she can continue this form for Olympics.

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