WTA Diary: Monday, July 2, 2012
Published July 02, 2012 04:40
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.
What is it about Zheng Jie and Wimbledon? The Chinese No.2 seems to save her very best for the hallowed turf of the All-England Club and on Saturday played some inspirational tennis against four-time champion Serena Williams.
Unfortunately for Zheng, though, inspirational sometimes isn't quite enough against Serena, who soaked up the best her opponent had to offer before triumphing in the match of the tournament, 67(5) 62 97.
Many shrewd observers have called Serena Williams' serve the best in the history of women's tennis, and against Zheng it was firing on all cylinders. In their three-set marathon she hit 23 aces - a Wimbledon record - and lost just 18 of 98 points on serve.
Serena is not the only one fond of a little drama. Tamira Paszek has spent the last two weeks toying with the idea of losing, only to decide at the last minute that she actually quite likes this grass court tennis lark.
After fending off five match points against Angelique Kerber to win the Eastbourne title last Sunday, Paszek has gone on to snatch victory from the salivating jaws of defeat against both Caroline Wozniacki and Yanina Wickmayer en route to her second straight Wimbledon quarterfinal.
Under The Radar
All this drama has allowed Angelique Kerber to sneak into the quarterfinals almost unnoticed. The 24-year-old from Kiel was many people's dark horse before the tournament began and she hasn't disappointed, reaching the last eight without dropping a set. But is she ready to go all the way?
With the Olympics just a few weeks away, there has been plenty of talk in SW19 about medals and podiums and… erm… archery. However, one player has already struck gold: Yaroslava Shvedova. On Saturday, she reeled off 24 points in a row against Sara Errani to win the first golden set in the Open Era.
Over to you, Yaroslava...
@SlavaSays (Yaroslava Shvedova)
Today I laid a golden egg! :D
One To Watch
Wimbledon wouldn't be Wimbledon without a qualifier making some waves in the main draw. This year it was the turn of Camila Giorgi, who singled herself out as one to watch for the future with wins over Flavia Pennetta and Nadia Petrova en route to the fourth round.