WTA Diary: Monday, June 25, 2012
Published June 25, 2012 02:40
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.
The first day of a Slam always throws up a few surprises. And this year's Wimbledon was no different with four seeds biting the dust. However, probably the biggest shock was the first round exit of Venus Williams.
Despite her ranking of No.58, many were picking Venus as their dark horse for the tournament. But the Venus underdog (yes, that's five-time champion Venus, for the record) story was not to have a happy ending as she was bundled out 61 63 by Elena Vesnina.
Sister Act Part Five?
Fans of Venus need not cry into their strawberries and cream for too long, though, as they are likely to be seeing plenty more of her this fortnight. How come? Well, alongside her sister Serena, Venus is making her long-awaited doubles comeback.
Two years after their last doubles match, sports' most famous siblings have decided to team up once again to try and recapture the trophy they have won on four previous occasions. Mind you, they'll have their work cut out in a stacked doubles draw.
When Martina Met Petra
As defending Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova knows a thing or two about grass court tennis. But a great champion is never afraid to learn new tricks, and in the week leading up to this year's tournament Petra knocked heads together with a certain Martina Navratilova for CNN's Open Court.
Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
The first five and a bit months of 2012 have been a hard slog for Tamria Paszek. Arriving in Eastbourne for last week's AEGON International, the talented Austrian had won just two matches all season. Five wins, two logic-defying comebacks and a whole host of great memories later, she had carved her name into the Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club's star-studded honor roll.
While Tamira and a few others were entertaining the crowds on the South Coast, the rest of the WTA working hard on the practice court back in London, adding the finishing touches to their Wimbledon preparations. But all work and no play is no fun, is it?
So last Thursday, Maria, Serena, Vika and the gang got their glad rags and dancing shoes on to pull a shape or two at Sir Richard Branson's Roof Gardens for the social event of the season: The WTA's Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free.
Or hear what the players had to say about it all:
Quote Of The Week
How do you react to completing a career Slam? You walk around for three days looking like a Cheshire cat of course.
"Celebration I think has many different meanings," Sharapova said. "It has different meanings for everyone. For me it was a different feeling than the other Grand Slams I won. I was just much more content with the way I felt, just more pleased.
"Like before you're kind of like, 'Wow, this is amazing.' But I was really happily easygoing. I didn't feel like I needed a huge celebration. I was walking around for three days with the biggest smile. Then I got to London, and I better get back to reality."