Friday, June 29, 2007

Wimbledon, Day 5--the tension is high

Talented but streaky Michaella Krajicek showed the world her best game today when she took out number 8 seed Anna Chakvetadze in three exciting sets

You couldn't have asked for more thrills than we had on the women's side today. I watched as much as I could, and at one point, I had three different matches on at the same time--there lies madness. All three were worth watching though: Jelena Jankovic's dramatic battle against Lucie Safarova, Patty Schnyder's come-from-behind-yet-again moment against Alona Bondarenko, and Michaella Krajicek's dazzling defeat of Anna Chakvetadze.

Schnyder is generally ignored when she plays on grass, which is clearly her weakest surface. But she has really come alive at this Wimbledon tournament, twice coming back from 1-4 in the 3rd set. Alona Bondarenko continues to get better and better, though she was unable to go the distance today. Jankovic and Safarova must both be exhausted. They had a 25-minute rain break, or they might have nearly collapsed.

Player of the day: Michaella Krajicek, who fought for nearly three hours, began the 2nd set with three consecutive aces, and became the first player to take out a top-10 seed.

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