Thursday, June 25, 2009

Day 4 at Wimbledon less eventful than previous days

There were no upsets in singles today at Wimbledon, but there were very close calls. 11th seed Agnieszka Radwanska had to fight for three hours to ward off Peng Shuai, who made 45 unforced errors and hit 54 winners in an intense second round contest. Radwanska did prevail, though, with a score of 6-2, 6-7, 9-7.

Also facing imminent loss was Sam Stosur, who--having lost the first set to Tatjana Malek--was down a break in the second, then down 0-4 in the second set tiebreak. As if that weren't enough, she was also down 1-4 in the third set. That's a lot of tough fight for someone who, until recently, was not known for mental toughness.

Sabine Lisicki improved on her ace/double fault ratio, but only by a tiny bit. Today, she hit nine aces and made seven double faults. She is into the third round, but she is going to have to clean up that stat quickly.

Vera Zvonareva, who has been struggling with her injured ankle since she arrived in London, retired in doubles today because of that ankle. Whether this was a precautionary move or whether she will withdraw from singles is unknown at this time. One way or the other, it doesn't look good at all.

5th seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai were upset in the first round today by Sorana Cirstea and Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

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