Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Upsets continue on day 2 of Wimbledon

It was a day of upsets, injuries, illness, and close calls at Wimbledon. Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic both benefited from the poor health of their opponents, Vera Zvonareva is still dealing with a weak ankle, Dinara Safina has tendonitis of the knee, Amelie Mauresmo had to make it up as she went along, and there were several upsets.

25th seed Kaia Kanepi lost to Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets, 30th seed Agnes Szavay was defeated by Kirsten Flipkens, who is almost always fun to watch (unless you're Szavay). Vera Dushevina defeated 22nd seed Alize Cornet, former junior number 2 Melanie Oudin defeated 29th seed Sybille Bammer, and Sabine Lisicki upset 32nd seed Anna Chakvetadze.

Lisicki has been strugging with consistency since she had to deal with the consecutive problems of a bad shoulder and a mysterious abdominal illness. She struggled today, hitting 8 aces and 8 double faults.

Though not an upset on paper, Elena Baltacha had a win over Alona Bondarenko. It is hard to understand why someone of Bondarenko's considerable talent keeps losing, but the good news--if you cheer for Great Britain--is that there is still one Brit standing.

Though many expected Alexa Glatch to win a couple of rounds, she is out in the first round, defeated by Peng Shuai. Jelena Dokic is out, too, as is Nicole Vaidisova, whose early exits are now the norm.


Colette Lewis said...

Oudin was never No. 1 in the juniors. Although she was the number one seed at several majors, No. 2 is her highest ranking.

Diane said...

That whole sentence somehow got garbled. It should have said "former junior world number 2" and the 29th goes before Bammer. Fixed.

Anonymous said...

Go Venus!