The 2011 Wimbledon Women’s semi finals start today day at 1pm local time in London with both matches being played on centre court one after the other. To watch the tennis in Singapore just add 7 hours so the matches will kick off at 8pm.
The 2011 Wimbledon women’s singles semi finals are:
- Maria SHARAPOVA (5) versus (WC) Sabine LISICKI
- Victoria AZARENKA (4) versus (8) Petra KVITOVA
The Semi final schedule for Day 10 – Thursday 30 June is:
- 1st match on Centre Court is AZARENKA versus KVITOVA followed immediately by SHARAPOVA versus LISICKI
Three of the Top 8 seeds are battling it out for the Wimbledon championship and they are joined by wild card entrant Sabine Lisicki. Huge opportunities to achieve a career best result, a first Grand Slam singles title and career-high rankings and the possibility of achieving a life’s ambition are at stake for all players except Sharapova today!
No.5 seed Maria Sharapova is the only player amongst the four semi finalists to have won the Wimbledon singles title before and in fact, the only player to have won a Grand Slam singles title. The pressure of being the favourite to win may increase Sharapova’s confidence thereby, increasing her likelihood of capturing her fourth Grand Slam singles title OR it could be very detrimental to her mental state and physical condition.
The 24-year-old Sharapova from Russia has by far the most experience and greatest career achievements to date. Sharapova is playing her 12th Grand Slam singles semi final and goes in with a 4-7 losing record in these semi finals. 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 with a bullet. Sharapova won the only match she has played against Lisicki 6-2 6-0 at the Miami Open earlier this year but that is NOT a good indicator for tonight’s match given she was ranked No.217 at the time and had only played a handful of tournaments over the 6 months prior to that match.
The 21-year-old Lisicki from Germany improved to 3 wins in a row against No.9 seed Marion Bartoli who made the Roland Garros semi finals earlier this month. 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. One of three 21-year-old’s in these semi finals, Lisicki will have improved over 150 ranking spots in a very short space of time regardless of the result.
Lisicki is playing her first Grand Slam singles semi final after surpassing her second best performance in a Grand Slam singles event at reaching this stage at Wimbledon two years ago. The 1.78m Lisicki is coming back from a number of injuries and is currently ranked at No.62. Lisicki achieved her highest singles ranking of No.22 to date on 3 August 2009. She could certainly better that with a semi final victory and interestingly, last year when Kvitova hit the tennis world by storm by making the Wimbledon semi finals she was also ranked No.62!
In a battle of last year’s Wimbledon losing semi finalists Kvitova prevailed over Tsvetana Pironkova in this year’s quarter finals to reach her second Grand Slam semi final. The 21-year-old Kvitova from the Czech Republic has reached the quarter finals or better 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 would be the favourite to win the title.
Kvitova and Azarenka have beaten each other twice in the past. In their past two matches Kvitova has won in straight sets at both the Madrid Open this year and at Wimbledon last year. The 21-year-old Azarenka from Belarus is the highest remaining seed and is playing her first Grand Slam singles semi final after losing her previous four quarter final matches. The 1.8m Azarenka has a chance to improve on her career-high singles ranking of No.4, which she first achieved on 9 May 2011 and on her day can beat anyone.
Whose day will it be today? It’s ALL about who can bring out their best tennis today and perform at a higher level than their opponent under pressure and at the critical SWING stages of each set and match. Azarenka is pictured above at the 2011 Australian Open playing her more consistent ground stroke, the double-handed backhand drive.
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