The 2010 Wimbledon women’s singles semi final matches are scheduled to be completed today. This post will be throughout the day’s play as the finalists are decided. Play will begin at 1pm local time in London.
In the quarter finals the major upsets that occurred were No.1, the unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria defeating 5 time Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams in very convincing fashion 6-2 6-3. Secondly, No.21 seed Vera Zvonareva coming back to win after losing the 1st set against former World No.1 Kim Clijsters. Clijsters had beaten Zvonareva all 5 times that they had played in the past.
Zvonareva won 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and in the other 2 quarter finals No.1 seed Serena Williams defeated No.9 seed Li Na 7-5 6-3, whilst Petra Kvitova won 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 8-6 in 2 hours and 39 minutes. The current world No.62 saved 3 match points in the 2nd set tie break and another 2 match points in the final set PLUS came back from 4 games to love down and 5-2 to win 8-6 against world No.80 Kaia Kanpei.
As mentioned in our quarter final post, 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. Three of the remaining 4 women who have never won a Grand Slam singles title, so will want to seize this opportunity. GREAT opportunities lie ahead today for Tsvetana Pironkova and Petra Kvitova to upset their higher ranked and more experienced opponents to set up a chance to become a Grand Slam singles champion.
The semi final schedule of play for the 2010 Wimbledon women’s semi finals sees the right handed 22 year old Pironkova takes on 24 year old Zvonareva for the 2nd time in their careers in the 1st match on centre court. In their last meeting the 1.8m Pironkova defeated the 1.72m Zvonareva 6-0 6-2 on the hard courts at the 2009 Moscow event.
Despite Pironkova being way out of Zvonareva’s league in terms of: current rankings – No.82 v. No.21, best Wimbledon performance prior to 2010 – 2nd round v. round of 16 (twice), career high singles rankings – No.40 v. No.5 and best performance in a Grand Slam prior to Wimbledon 2010 – 2nd round v. semi finalist (2009 Australian Open), she will have the confidence as she knows what to do and that she has done it before, to defeat Zvonareva today.
Pironkova had also won the last match she played against Venus before their quarter final and was able to repeat that victory, so Zvonareva will need to perform up to her best level to advance to the final, even though in most circles she is considered to be the overwhelming favourite. She is certainly ready to make her 1st final, especially after overcoming the mental challenges that have proven too great for her in the past when she beat Clijsters.
Tsvetana Pironokova is pronounced sve-TAH-nah pee-RON-koh-vah click Pironkova to see a picture of her. Zvonareva is pronounced zvon-ah-RAY-vah click Zvonareva to see a picture of her. Kvitova is pronounced keh-VIT-oh-vah and she is pictured above.
The left handed 20 year old Kvitova will be trying to emulate compatriot Tomas Berdych and knock out the No.1 seed. Kvitova is pictured above and certainly looks like she has the tenacity to lock horns withe Serena! The 1.83m Czech has played Serena once, losing 6-2 6-1 at the 2010 Australian Open.
Jana Novotna who was the last female Czech player to win a Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 1998 and Martina Navratilova who won 9 Wimbledon singles titles and 18 Grand Slam singles titles in total have never helped or even spoken to Kvitova. In a number of countries they believe that is impossible to have achieved what Kvitova has without significant, if not full time coaching by past champions. Kvitova will need to serve at her best and must win the 1st set if she is to continue her fantastic Wimbledon dream.
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 semi finals.
The 2010 Wimbledon women’s singles semi final draw is:
- (1) Serena Williams v. Petra Kvitova (3) Wozniacki
- (4) Jankovic (21) Vera Zvonareva v. Tsvetana Pironkova (2) Venus Williams
Results: Zvonareva d. Pironkova and S.Williams d. Kvitova
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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