Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wozniacki quietly and efficiently advances to Wimbledon round of 16

Wimbledon top seed Caroline Wozniacki has now played three rounds of tennis and made only nine unforced errors. In her second round match against Virginie Razzano, she made only one unforced error, which is such a rarity it is worth noting. For those who are counting, the world number 1 has also hit 39 winners, and her opponents have hit 52. You can do the math, but it probably won't get you too far.

In her third round match, Wozniacki defeated Jarmila Gajdosova in straight sets. She will next face 24th seed Dominika Cibulkova, who is better known for her clay court skills. Cibulkova took out 16th seed Julia Goerges, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. I commend Goerges, by the way, for asking the umpire to pronounce her name correctly. Isn't that the least that players should expect? If only players would say something to Tennis Channel, ESPN and Sky Broadcasting, who routinely butcher players' names. (They have yet, in fact, to correctly pronounce the name of the world number 1 player.)

Also in the third round, defending champion Serena Williams had her first straight-sets win, against 26th seed Maria Kirilenko. Maria Sharapova defeated Klara Zakopalova and Sabine Lisicki defeated Masaki Doi. Also, 20th seed Peng Shuai defeated Melinda Czink, and Petra Cetkovska--this year's "out of nowhere" player--upset 18th seed Ana Ivanovic.

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