WTA Diary: Friday, June 15, 2012
Published June 15, 2012 12:56
Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in this week's WTA Diary.
On The Up
Melanie Oudin has endured a tough couple of years since bursting onto the scene with a fairytale run to the US Open quarterfinals in 2009. But in recent months the green shoots of recovery have finally started to sprout, with 18 wins since the end of April.
The last five of these have come this week in Birmingham, taking the 20-year-old to her first WTA quarterfinal in almost a year. And Oudin is not the only American enjoying the grass; her opponent in the last eight is fellow Peach State resident, Irina Falconi.
It may have happened nearly a week ago, but it would be rude not to mention Maria Sharapova's acceptance into a rather exclusive club. No, not the All-England Club (she's been a member there since back in 2004), but the career Slam club; her 63 62 win over Sara Errani in the French Open final saw the Russian become just the 10th player in history to complete the career Slam. Congratulations, Maria!
To relive all the glory, check out our gallery from the final and the trophy shoot afterwards.
And the good news just keeps coming for Maria, who this week was unveiled as Russia's flag bearer for the upcoming Olympic games in London.
"Finally I can share some exciting news with you," Sharapova wrote on her Facebook page. "After the third round of the French Open, I woke up to a pretty memorable message. The Russian Olympic committee chose me to be the flag bearer at this year's Olympic opening ceremony. I am so honored, and especially excited as it will be my first Olympics in my career. I have had to keep this hush-hush for two weeks and keeping secrets is not my best quality!"
It's A Numbers Game
Maria may have taken home the trophy, but did you know she also took part in the longest match in Paris? Who was it against? Click here and all shall be revealed.
If that's not enough stats for your liking, here's another one for you: Errani's runner-up finish made her the first player in WTA rankings history to make their Top 10 debut from outside the Top 20. Fact!
Maria may have dodged a few upset-shaped bullets at Roland Garros, but a few other big names did not. And this trend has carried on into the post-Slam events in Birmingham and Bad Gastein. Among those biting the dust was Julia Goerges, the No.1 seed and wtatennis.com's resident blogger at the NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies. However, despite her early loss, Julia was not about to skip town and relinquish her blogging responsibilities, which have already seen her talk about superstitions, superpowers and soccer.
Los Geht's Deutschland
Talking of which, the European Football Championships got underway last Friday, a fact that has not gone unnoticed in WTA circles.
Get Well Soon
This year has not been a happy one for Andrea Petkovic. After missing much of the start of the season with a lower back injury, Petko suffered further woe when she tore her right ankle ligaments two matches into her comeback, and this week she revealed that this latest injury will see her miss Wimbledon, her third consecutive Slam on the sidelines. Also missing out on her chance of glory will be big-hitting Kaia Kanepi, who has picked up a foot injury.