photo credit:Bruno Girin
The 2010 Wimbledon women’s singles quarter final matches are scheduled to be completed today. This post will be throughout the day’s play as the semi finalists are decided. Play will begin at 1pm local time in London.
In the round of 16 some major upsets occurred with No.3 seed Caroline Wozniacki being knocked out in very convincing fashion by left handed Czech Petra Kvitova and Vera Zvonareva knocked out No.4 seed Jelena Jankovic who has been in top form for the past 8 months.
As always, once some of the favourites to win the event are knocked out, the next group of players immediately pounce. Everyone in the next group wants to be the next break through player. 2010 Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone (No.5 seed) and Roland Garros 2010 runner-up Samantha Stosur (No.6 seed) were both knocked out in the 1st round.
Qualifier Kaia Kanepi knocked out Stosur and will be playing Kvitova for a spot in the semi finals. The remaining 5 women who have never won a Grand Slam singles title will want to seize this opportunity, so watch out as more upsets seem to be on the cards. GREAT opportunities lie ahead today for Li Na, Vera Zvonareva and Tsvetana Pironkova to upset the 3 remaining former Grand Slam singles champions.
Pironkova is pictured above in position and swinging forward to play this forehand drive. The 22 year old Bulgarian defeated Venus in their last meeting and it was in a Grand Slam event, so knows what to do and has done it before. Venus struggled to get through her last match against a player ranked 1 spot lower than Pironkova so the 1st set will be critical in deciding the outcome of this match.
Li Na has equalled her best result at Wimbledon by making the quarter finals. Li made it to the same stage in 2006 and is on a roll in Grand Slam singles events, at the 2009 US Open she made the quarter finals for the 1st time, at the 2010 Australian Open she made the semi finals for the 1st time. So following that pattern Li needs to make it to the final here at Wimbledon.
The battle of the 28 year olds is a replay of the 2010 Australian Open which was their last meeting, where Serena won in two tie break sets. The 1.72m Chinese No.1 player won the grass court tournament at Birmingham in Great Britain leading into Wimbledon. Li’s previous best ranking is No.10 which she will improve upon after Wimbledon, which is a good indication that she is performing at the peak of her career.
Serena goes into this match with a 4-1 advantage over her opponent and will be the heavy favourite to win but now is the most likely time for Li Na to defeat Serena for a 2nd time.
Another match between a heavy favourite and an underdog is the Clijsters/Zvonareva match. The elder Clijsters has won all 5 of their previous matches but as always, the longer a streak becomes the sooner it is going to be broken. The 25 year old Zvonareva has gotten closer and closer to winning in each of their past 3 matches and has won through to a Grand Slam semi final before (2009 Australian Open), so knows what to do and has done it before.
The match that promises to be the closest and most intense is between 20 year old Petra Kvitova, who is playing her 1st Grand Slam quarter final and 25 year old Kaia Kanepi who has played a quarter final before, so MAY benefit from that experience. Kanepi from Estonia leads 2 wins to 1 in their previous matches BUT Kvitova the Czech Republic won their last match in the final set tie break (played earlier this year in Memphis). It should be a great match which could go either way and both players will feel the pressure with SO much at stake.
The players name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Any player who has a line drawn through their name is a seeded player who was expected to win through to the quarter finals.
The 2010 Wimbledon women’s singles quarter final draw is:
- (1) Serena Williams v. (9) Li Na (7) A.Radwanska
- (3) Wozniacki Petra Kvitova v. (Q) Kaia Kanepi (6) Stosur
- (8) Kim Clijsters v. (21) Vera Zvonareva (4) Jankovic
- (5) Schiavone Tsvetana Pironkova v. (2) Venus Williams
Quarter final schedule for Day 8 – Tuesday 28 June:
- 1st match on Centre Court is Clijsters v. Zvonareva followed immediately by Serena v. Li Na
- 1st match on Court 1 is Pironkova v. Venus followed immediately by Kvitova v. Kanepi
- Pironkova d. (2) V.Williams 6-2 6-3
- (21) Zvonareva d. (8) Clijsters 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
- (1) S.Williams d. (9) Li 7-5 6-3
- Kvitova d. (Q) Kanepi 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 8-6
Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information about the 2010 Wimbledon singles events. Click this link for more details including both of the Schedules of Play -> Wimbledon 2010: June 14-July 4.
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