Sunday, 6 July 2014

Wimbledon scorecard: GOATra makes rare appearance

A+: Petra Kvitova

I don't think anyone on tour could have survive Kvitova in the final match. Just flawless hitting from the Czech.

A: Venus Williams

Strange to give such a high grade to a 3rd round loser, but she was the closest to defeating Kvitova. Venus went toe to toe with the champion and was 2 points away from victory.

A-: Eugenie Bouchard

Young star was humbled by Kvitova in the finals, but has a lot to be proud of for her first slam final appearance.

B+: Simona Halep

Seems like the only dependable player on tour. Unfortunate injury in her semi-final, but would have been destroyed by Kvitova anyway.

B: Lucie Safarova

Finally advances to her first slam semi-finals after years on tour. Let's see if she can build on this momentum.

B-: Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

Drop shot queen of the tournament, scoring upset wins over Wozniacki and Li Na. Also showing signs of maturity as she's not as animated as before.

C+: Sabine Lisicki

Didn't go all the way to the final this year, but still manages to reach the quarter-finals despite an absolute horrendous year. Now see her fade back into obscurity.

C: Tereza Smitkova

Who? Another Czech who took most of an open draw to reach the last 16. One to watch in the future.

C-: Maria Sharapova

Didn't handle the pressure of being the favourite well, faltered badly against Kerber. Grass is quickly becoming her worst surface.

D: Agnieszka Radwanska

Expected her to make things difficult for Makarova, but just went down meekly. Looks like she'll never win a major.

E: Li Na

Her split with Carlos Rodriguez definitely was a contributing factor, but her weakness was fully exploited by Barbora. At her age, it remains to be seen if she has the motivation to bounce back.

F: Serena Williams

Maybe F is too harsh for Serena, but she came into the tournament all serious and eager to prove the detractors wrong. However, she was just missing for the past 2 slams. Will Serena get back on her feet? Or is there something wrong with her health given that she withdrew under mystifying circumstances?

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