The 2011 Wimbledon Women’s quarter finals start today day at 1pm local time in London on both centre court and on court 1. To watch the tennis in Singapore just add 7 hours so the matches will kick off at 8pm.
The round of 16 matches yesterday saw former Wimbledon champions Serena Williams and Venus Williams defeated as well as World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki being knocked out. As always, once some of the favourites to win the event are knocked out, the next group of players pounce immediately. Everyone in the next group wants to be the next break through player. No.5 seed Maria Sharapova (pictured above) is the only player amongst the last eight to have won the Wimbledon singles title before and in fact, the only player to have won a Grand Slam single title to date.
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The 2011 Wimbledon women’s singles quarter final draw:
- Dominika CIBULKOVA (24) versus (5) Maria SHARAPOVA
- Sabine LISICKI (WC) v (9) Marion BARTOLI
- Tamira PASZEK v (4) Victoria AZARENKA
- Petra KVITOVA (8) v (32) Tsvetana PIRONKOVA
Quarter final schedule for Day 8 – Tuesday 28 June:
- 1st match on Centre Court is LISICKI versus BARTOLI followed immediately by CIBULKOVA versus SHARAPOVA
- 1st match on Court 1 is KVITOVA versus PIRONKOVA followed immediately by PASZEK versus AZARENKA
The 9th seeded Bartoli has been a runner-up at Wimbledon before, whereas Petra Kvitova and Tsvetana Pironkova both made the Wimbledon semi finals last year. Four of the Top 9 seeds remain and could possibly play-off in the semi finals. Huge opportunities to achieve a career best result, a first Grand Slam singles title and a career high ranking are at stake for almost every player left in the draw.
The 22-year-old Cibulkova from Slovakia is playing her 3rd Grand Slam singles quarter final match today after defeating Wozniacki – the No.1 seed, 7-5 in the third and final set. The 1.61m Cibulkova’s best Grand Slam singles result to date was making the 2009 Roland Garros semi finals and her highest singles ranking of No.12 on 6 July 2009. Cibulkova has won the past two matches against Sharapova in straight sets, including in Madrid this year to level their head-to-head record at two wins each.
The 24-year-old Sharapova from Russia is playing her 15th Grand Slam singles quarter final and goes in with an 11-3 winning record in these quarter final matches. All three quarter final losses were at Roland Garros on the clay, which is the only Grand Slam singles title that has eluded her thus far.
The 1.88m Sharapova won the first of her three Grand Slam singles titles as a 17-year-old at Wimbledon in 2004. Sharapova won the US Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. Sharapova first achieved the World No.1 singles ranking on 22 August 2005 and is currently ranked at No.6.
The 26-year-old Bartoli from France is playing her 4th Grand Slam singles quarter final match today after reaching the semi finals at Roland Garros earlier this month. The 1.7m Bartoli was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2007 in her best Grand Slam singles result to date and made the quarter finals at the 2009 Australian Open.
Bartoli will set a new career -high singles ranking after Wimbledon as she is currently ranked at No.9. Bartoli defeated her next opponent once in their three career meetings on grass at Wimbledon in 2008. Bartoli has lost the past two matches against Lisicki in straight sets, including at Charleston this year. Lisicki is on a roll after defeating 2011 Roland Garros singles champion and No.3 seed Li Na 8-6 in the final set in the 2nd round of Wimbledon this year.
The 21-year-old Lisicki from Germany is playing her 2nd Grand Slam singles quarter final match today after reaching this stage at Wimbledon two years ago. The 1.78m Lisicki is a wild card entrant after dealing with a number of injuries and a subsequent drop in her ranking. Lisicki achieved her highest singles ranking of No.22 on 3 August 2009 and is currently ranked at No.62.
The 23-year-old Pironkova from Bulgaria is playing her 2nd Grand Slam singles quarter final match today after defeating 5-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in straight sets for the second year in a row at Wimbledon. The 1.8m Pironkova’s best Grand Slam singles results to date by far are at Wimbledon so anything is possible for her here where she is a different player. Her highest singles ranking of No.31 on 13 September 2010 and is currently No.33.
In a battle of last year’s Wimbledon losing semi finalists Pironkova heads in having lost both matches to Kvitova both in 2008. The 21-year-old Kvitova from the Czech Republic is playing her 3rd Grand Slam singles quarter final match of her career and all from her past five Grand Slam tournaments. The 1.83m left-handed Kvitova is at her career-high singles ranking at No.8 and in her best form can definitely win the title.
The youngest remaining player in the draw is 20-year-old Paszek of Austria who is playing her 1st Grand Slam singles quarter final after only winning a single Grand Slam singles match in the past 3 and a half years. The 1.65m Austrian defeated 2010 Roland Garros singles champion and 2011 runner-up Francesca Schiavone by 11 games to 9 in the third and final set in the 3rd round this year. Her career-high singles ranking to date was No.35 on 9 July 2007 and is currently No.80.
The 21-year-old Azarenka from Belarus is the highest remaining seed and is playing her 5th Grand Slam singles quarter final. The 1.8m Azarenka has not made it to the semi finals in a Grand Slam singles event. Her quarter finals so far have been twice each at Wimbledon (2009) and Roland Garros (2009 and 2011) and once at the Australian Open (2010).
Azarenka has a chance to improve on her career-high singles ranking of No.4, which she first achieved on 9 May 2011. Azarenka won the only previous match between her and Paszek in 2008.
It what should be a VERY interesting series of quarter final matches, look out for who can manage to perform at a better level in each match on one of the world’s greatest tennis stages, with so much at stake and the possibility of achieving a life’s ambition getting within reach for this group of players today!
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